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Aira Force

By WeeGeordieLass    
I carted my tripod and camera all the way up to Aira Force in the Lake District as I wanted to use a slower shutter speed to add some blur to the cascading water.

I'd like to know if there is anything I can do to improve the shot.

All opinions and advice are welcome.

Thanks All

Tags: Landscape and travel

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TeeCee 9 4 Scotland
20 May 2012 8:41PM
This is a nice shot, but you could slow that shutter down even more, to a third or a quarter of a second even, and by adjusting the exposure compensation to the negative will allow the colour and contrast to remain without blowing the highlights, and the water looking all smooth and silky.......
This was a 1/4 seconds exposure......

hope that all makes sense, Im a Canon man so cant advise on the Nikons dashboard !!

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ams99 Junior Member 6 65 9 England
20 May 2012 9:13PM
Hi Elaine,

Have you tried bringing the bridge down onto a third? It looks a little scrunched up in the top of the frame.

I like the pinks and browns mixed in with the greens.


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
20 May 2012 9:22PM
You should be happy with your trip, the image is quite good.

I have not understood the pursuit of milky waterfalls myself, but this looks like its near the mark. To add more milk, use ISO 100 to give you a shutter speed of 1/15, - twice as milky!

The bridge at the top does make the composition a little tight, but since youre actually after the waterfall, not the bridge, you can simply crop it out.

Ive loaded a few alternate crops, - the last being the one I prefer. The water isnt quite white, - the mod had it corrected, but the original colour is more pleasing, if less accurate.


20 May 2012 9:27PM
Hi Tom,

Wow, what a great shot - the water looks lovely.

I took a few shots on that day with various shutter speeds, but the slowest was 1/10 sec.

I used this version as the composition was the best of the bunch.

I'll take your advice on board and the next time I'm photographing water I'll try 1/4 sec.

Thanks for taking the time to comment and help me.


apierzchala 12 17
20 May 2012 9:33PM
Tripod is good – always  I even use mine very often with my digital compact! There’s nothing obviously wrong with this photo and it’s indeed a nice shot. No doubt a good representation of what you saw, but somehow it lacks that something extra. Ask yourself what it was that really attracted you to this and how you could show that in the picture. Water rushing, the noise? I am not sure that lengthening the shutter will do the trick – the water is falling very fast and you may end up with just a white streak, which could make the scene too serene. Perhaps an eighth of a sec so as to keep some texture in the water. Did you try more variations? Could you have got closer to the end of the ledge/outcrop on the bottom left? Sorry, I don’t know the location so I may be asking the impossible here! But if you could, then with the wide angle lens you should be able to include the pool at the bottom of the cascade: there’s action down there which is hidden at the moment. I am uncertain about including the trees and sky above the bridge – the bright patch competes with the cascade itself. You could try cropping the photo just at the top of the bridge, or even crop off the bridge altogether. As it is now, the aspect ratio is quite tall and narrow but not so much as to yield a vertical panoramic – which might be good for this subject. Finally, was this on auto white balance? The colours seem a bit reddish – but that may be the natural colour there as perceived by the eye.
20 May 2012 10:06PM
Hi Alan,

Thanks for your suggestion.

I've uploaded a variant with the bridge cropped out.


20 May 2012 10:09PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mods. I've uploaded another version - milkier water and bridge cropped out.

I'm not sure which one I prefer.

Thanks for your helpful advice.


20 May 2012 10:17PM
Hi Adam,

Thanks for taking the time to advise me.

I've loaded a variant to the shot taken at 1/10 sec - which still has some definition in the water.

I think there was room to get closer to the ledge.....I'll try that the next time I visit Aira Force.

I did warm up the image as I thought it might look nice warmed up a bit, so that's why the colours seem a bit reddish - looking at it now, I think I may have gone over the top.

Thanks very much for your ideas and help.



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