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SMOKE ON THE WATER
 



     
 


Have you ever wanted to photograph cascading waterfalls or rapids with the water appearing silky or smoke like?

Story: Slow the flow
The trick lies in a slow shutter speed. But how do you attain a slow shutter speed in bright daylight? Set your camera to aperture priority and set it to a small aperture of f8 and above. The smaller the aperture the slower the shutter speed.

To slow it further, use the lowest ISO setting, find a shady spot or use a ND filter. At speeds below 1/60 of a second, a tripod is recommended but not mandatory. In this case, the camera was perched on a rock.

In contrast, a fast shutter speed of
1/4000 of a second resulted in a totally different effect (left).

Olympus C8080, ISO 50, f.8, 1 sec
 
5th May 2005
     

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