Subjects in Motion – Moving Water

Moving Water

Look beyond the obvious waterfall picture and think about how water reflects colour, especially over long exposures. White water will reflect blue in after-dusk shots but for something different, look at the less turbulent parts of a river.

How To Shoot... Motion Pictures - Waterfall

Nikon D2x, 200mm, 4sec @ f/16, ISO 100 Tim Gartside

In autumn, many leaves may be present in the water column and during a very long exposure they may alter the appearance of the river altogether. Use a small aperture or neutral density filter (or both) to gain a longer shutter speed without overexposing. A polarising filter will also give you about one stop.

How To Shoot... Motion Pictures - Water

Nikon D2x, 12-24mm, 8sec @ f/13, ISO 125 Niall Benvie

For an alternative view, you can illuminate the water using flash to freeze its motion, while allowing daylight to light the surroundings, which will be blurred if you handhold the camera during a long exposure.

  1. 1. How To Shoot... Subjects in Motion
  2. 2. Subjects in Motion - Know Before You Go
  3. 3. Subjects in Motion - Subject Movement
  4. 4. Subjects in Motion - Moving Water
  5. 5. Subjects in Motion - Panning a Moving Subject
  6. 6. Subjects in Motion - Moving the Camera
  7. 7. Subjects in Motion - Capture Wind Power
  8. 8. Subjects in Motion - Moving Clouds
  9. 9. Subjects in Motion - Slow-sync Flash
  10. 10. Subjects in Motion - Movement at Night
  11. 11. Subjects in Motion - Zoom Bursts
  12. 12. Subjects in Motion - Essential Gear
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