Water Steps

There are two ways that I know of to achieve this misty look to the water flowing down the rocks here: long shutter speed or an ND filter (wonder how they’d work together?)  When attempting this type of photography it is best to have a tripod and cable release with you because, well, you need the stability.  In a pinch you could set your camera on something stable like a rock or wall but those aren’t always available.  And no matter how steady you think your nerves are – they aren’t for really long exposure times.

Now having said all of that, I took this photo without a tripod and standing up as still as I could.  Frame, focus, inhale, exhale, shoot.  The effect would’ve been better with a tripod and an even longer shutter time but I didn’t want to tempt things past the 1/4 speed here.

Have you ever tried long shutter speeds on anything? How did it turn out?

F11 – 1/4 – ISO100 – 100mm – Canon 5D

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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
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8 Responses to Water Steps

  1. Gorgeous. Makes me want to get a book and go sit there and soak in the peacefulness.-Ashley

  2. Lovely!

    I’m usually too lazy to take along a tripod, so I usually don’t shoot slower than about 1/15th of a second. (If I’m shooting a short enough lens, I can handhold down to there–sometimes, at least.) But, as I understand it, one sometimes needs a neutral density filter to get an exposure long enough to create the silky effect, especially if you want to use a wider aperture to achieve a shallow depth of field.

    • Thanks! I’ve done really long exposures with just shutter speed and the trusty tripod with night time traffic to get those great streaks of light. Haven’t used a ND filter yet but one day perhaps 🙂

  3. Lovely, and it’s great to hear how you went about catching the shot.

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