Flowing Water

Flowing Water

Taking photos of water can be challenging at times. During the middle of the day when it is reflective you have to use a polarizing filter for decent results, which most of us don’t have with us. One fun technique to do is to take water when dusk is approaching or in a lower light situation. Even point and shoot cameras can pull this off, particularly those that have even minimal manual mode options to allow you to turn off the flash and use a long shutter speed.

Though this shot isn’t one of my favorites, it is one I took at just such a low light moment. The effect of the flowing (blurred) water is simply because the shutter was open for a bit and the stationary items remain crisp while the moving water is blurry. Typically blurry = bad in photography, but not always.

To pull this off you need to be using a tripod or set your camera down on something to hold steady. Other than that, experiment until you get a shot that looks like you want. This is where digital is much handier than film because you can preview the photo to see if you nailed the settings just so.

Link to the wallpaper sized version.