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Don’t go chasing waterfalls

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

“Project flowing water” is starting to shape up a bit, as far as the camera settings thing which I’ve been talking about for a while. I won’t bore you, but I think that I’ve just about figured out to get water shots looking the way I want them to.

Obviously, there’s a whole set of approaches to the oceanic and harbor conditions of NYC that were developed over a long period of time. That’s a different kind of flowing water, though. Tidal is a lot different than running, as I’ve found out.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The same set of rock steps are in the shot above and below, which are the first ones that I’ve really been able to produce what I have in mind.

It’s actually quite complicated, getting the motion blur in some areas and seeing streaks of texture in others. If you click through to the larger incarnation of this shot at Flickr, you’ll see what I mean. Especially if you read this on your phone.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s not just exposure triangle either. There’s a bunch of ‘machinations in the field’ during capture that have to be part of the plan. Ultimately, if you’re not willing to experiment a bit, you should stick to the rivers and lakes you’re used to instead of chasing waterfalls.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 14, 2023 at 11:00 am

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  1. Waterfalls and breaking water are a good source of negative ions which give one extra energy.

    Hank Linhart

    April 14, 2023 at 1:18 pm

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