Shutter Speed and Water Movement

Water can exist in three different states, as a solid, a liquid or a vapour. As photographers, explains David Hay, we can represent all the different properties of water by careful choice of the shutter speeds we use

A fast shutter speed will render flowing water like ice, with every detail frozen by the brief exposure. The more fluid the nature of water is, it is best expressed by using shutter speeds in the range ¼ to 1 second. This allows a little movement during the exposure as the water travels through the frame. It is most effective with breaking waves and swirling eddies in rivers. Finally, misty effects are available by using strong ND filters, like the Lee Big Stopper. Even large turbulent waves breaking on a rocky shoreline are …

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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