Turmoil_Chewton Lake_Central Victoria

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 24mm Exposure Details: 1/8 second at f8 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 105mm Exposure Details: 1/8 second at f16 ISO 400

Here’s another image I made last weekend while running a workshop in and around the town of Chewton in Central Victoria. This image is all about the power of water as it cascades over rock and cuts its way through the landscape on its downward journey to the sea.

My starting point Shutter Speed when photographing running water is 1/8 second. With care, this is a Shutter Speed with which I can successfully handhold the camera and still produce a sharp image of any inanimate (e.g. rock) objects within the frame. It’s also an appropriate Shutter Speed by which to record the movement of water, within the still frame, and render it with a smooth, milky appearance.

Of course the Shutter Speed one needs to produce this effect is also dependant on the speed at which the water is flowing or falling. So, while it’s a good starting point when photographing waterfalls, to achieve a similar effect when photographing rivers and streams a substantially slower Shutter Speeds and, as a result, the use of a tripod with often be required.

Adobe Lightroom 2 was used to render the original color image into black-and-white. Adobe Photoshop CS4 was employed to apply the warm/cool split tone.

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