Shutter Speed Shooting a Waterfall: Dreamy Effect

I thought I would put this post out on the blog about shooting fast moving water, and shooting it with different shutter speeds, and seeing the different effects I got, since I had the photos sitting on my desktop. You can do this with a point and shoot camera, by using the manual settings to adjust the ISO and aperture opening to keep the image in its correct exposure, but of course it is way easer to do this with a DLSR camera. When ever I am at the beach, walking along the ocean, I always try and do long exposure shots, especially during the golden hours when the Sun is at its lowest in the sky. These shots below were taken in mid afternoon of the little brook by my home.

Brook with Fast Shutter Speed March 19 2014 Weblog Image

The above shot is using a fast shutter speed, almost capturing the water in suspended time. Personally, I like this look of these types of images, especially when trying to capture a drop of water landing on a pool, just as it splashes. See this post, “High Speed Photography 101: Catching, Splashing and Wiping” from November 6th., 2012, and “Last Day for Playing With My Camera Shooting Water” from March 22, 2012.

Brook with Slow Shutter Speed March 19 2014 Weblog Image

This shot is with a slow shutter speed: the dreamy effect. To get this shot you need to use a small aperture, increase the ISO to balance the light, so that the shutter can stay open longer without over exposing the shot. Try not to move while you take the shot or you get camera shake in your photos. A tripod would be an asset here, but I shot this with my steady-shot turned on, and being very still. This was shot was done at a 1/4 of a second exposure.

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