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I Learned Something This Day

March 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

My family took a short day trip to Lula Lake Land Trust. It was a beautiful day, and as I love capturing waterfalls, I looked forward to creating the silky look that gives the scene that tranquil feel. As a result, I made all the wrong decisions this day. Two important elements I ignored: intense, midday sunlight, and the sheer volume and power of the water.

Too clarify, I didn't really ignore the lighting. I so wanted the milky look, I brought the ISO all the way down to 100, closed up the aperture to f/22. Still, the resulting shutter speed wasn't slow enough for proper exposure. The end result, if you look closely, is an image that is blurry due to diffraction caused by such a small opening; and the water itself looks more blurry (out of focus), rather than milky, simply because the shutter wasn't slow enough. I tried to make the camera do something the lighting wouldn't allow (outside of using ND filters, which I don't have).

Hindsight 20/20, with the sheer volume of water, I should have adjusted the camera settings to stop the motion of the water. This would have given a better sense of the awesomeness and power of the water. Lula FallsAn example of making all the wrong camera settings Lula FallsAn example of doing all the wrong camera settings


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