Yes, I'll shoot anything...with a camera, that is.
Just the other day I made a trip to Sioux Falls and decided to spend some time shooting around the falls area which is part of the Big Sioux River complex. I started by shooting some large subjects, but found my interest moving toward a more close up intent and that's where things got interesting. I love doing detailed captures of smaller parts of the whole and in this case there were a number of areas that were made of rapids and eddies and I started using my 100-400mm lens. Moving water has its challenges...making something beautiful out of something most people will pass by, showing the form and volume of the subject and different approaches bring about different results and on and on.
The one thing learned several years ago while attending a Tony Sweet location workshop in the Smokies, is that the camera settings are a result of a couple important things. 1) the speed of the water, 2) what the photographer wants as a final image, and 3) reflections. There is a great range in working with moving water...very smooth with little detail and full stop of the action. I usually prefer something in between in most cases and the speed that the water is going by determines the shutter speed you need for what you want to achieve.
The blog image is one of many captures I made and I like it for both the smoothness of the water to the right as well as for the violent activity to the left. It was important to have a shutter speed slow enough to allow for the right side to be a mild blur, but short enough to let the left side display the churning effect and not just a big white blob. The nice thing with digital is that I can review every shot to help with pin pointing the speed and aperture I desire for the final product. In this case I was shooting at .5 seconds at an aperture of f/32 with a neutral density filter attached. It was bright sunlight that required the filter so I could slow things down, shutter speed wise.
Finally, I was looking for places where there was some sort of colorful reflection occurring as this helps the separation of forms that are occurring, which adds to the interest.
With all this in mind it then becomes a matter of taste, composition and trial and error...often plenty of error. In this case I enjoyed being around the sounds of the rushing water and looking for "gold".
Thank you for joining me here and have a great week.
For more views of my work visit;
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa http://www.summerwindgallery.com