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21 Feb 2019 8:49AM   Views : 468 Unique : 291

So yesterday was a quick trip to the nearby Golitha Falls following on from the Photo Month subject of waterfalls.
Though motion blur can be a marmite subject, I love the sense of motion of water that it creates.

To show the effects of shutter speed on the flow

Using the Lee Little Stopper (6 stops), this gave a shutter speed of 3.2 secs @ f11 ISO200


Switching to a 0,9 ND filter (3 stops) gave a shutter speed of 1/4 sec @ f11 ISO200

A couple of changes of angle to then capture the different flows and movement


0.8 secs @f11 ISO200


0.5 secs @f11 ISO200

On bigger scale waterfalls, there can be room to be inventive and not just shoot head on or capture just the water movement.



This image of Sgwd Gwladys was after a period of relatively dry weather and hence a reduced flow

And don't forget about putting the waterfall in context


On the kit side, in order to get the slow shutter speeds, at least one ND filter is probably advisable (0.6 would be a good start point in my opinion). Using slow shutter speeds also necessitates the use of a tripod with a trigger/cable release.
An overcast day is also helpful, bright sunlight can cause issues though dappled light can work.
A pair of wellingtons can also be very helpful though yesterday mine were very very nearly full of water Tongue

But be aware of periods of heavy rain and the increased flow, the river can be in flood several days after the rain. STAY SAFE!
This increased flow of water can detract from the effects that you are trying to capture, becoming just a sheet of water.

Above all, enjoy being out there and be amazed at the power of water........

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