Beginning Photography

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Going with the flow

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A new technique for me today. With the local reservoir/lake iced over I journeyed out hoping for some nice landscape shots. I got a couple, but that’s not what you get to see here today. Instead we have a couple of takes on flowing water. At one end of the reservoir is an overflow which feeds down over rocks creating a rapids/waterfall. The water is flowing fast enough that a very high shutter speed is needed to freeze the action, with a blurred shot still being possible hand held. Here are my attempts at both.

In this first we have a shutter speed 1/640th of a second and still we see a little motion blur. I love the effect.

In this second image I’ve gone all out to freeze the motion, shutter speed at 1/2500.

In this final image I’ve allowed the motion to blur fully, with a shutter speed of 1/25.

Which you prefer depends on taste. They all look stunning on a black background, so much so that I’m now thinking of introducing a photo section with a black background to better show these images off. Let me know which you prefer.


Written by James

December 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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