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