I enjoy taking photos. The garden is my main subject; but when we travel, I like to try to get nice scenic photos too.
I have been trying for a handful of years to get "flowing water" photos.
I read the camera manual. I read photography websites. Etc. Etc.
Eventually, I wrote out a little note card of the camera settings that were suppose to help make "flowing water" photos. I tried those settings. No "flowing water."
The weekend before our trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park, I crammed like I was taking a final in college. I played with the camera. I read online information. Everything I could think of. I made more notes.
During our drive to the park, my wonderful husband suggested I try to explain what I had learned to him. I did and the whole shutter speed, lighting thing came together better in my mind.
We hiked to Zapata Falls one morning of our vacation. The falls are hidden in a crevasse. We had to hike in the shallow stream bed to see them. It was hard to take nice photos of the falls. Plus, the water was COLD! So I'm not sharing those photos here. I want to share my "flowing water" photos.
The stream from the falls was in the shade. Here was my chance.
I still have some things to learn about the lighting and a few other settings to improve the overall photo, but I got "flowing water!" I also understand having a filter will make a big difference especially if the water is in sunlight.
I was very excited!
This is what I did:
TV mode set to 15"
white balance for cloudy
used the timer (physically pushing the button on the camera can mess up the shot)
water was in the shade
If you want to see some AWESOME "flowing water" photos, check out George's blog http://seniorhiker.wordpress.com/
Maybe someday I'll get some great "flowing water" photos like him. Or, as his wife Betsy at http://betsyfromtennessee.blogspot.com/ calls them "silky."
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