Photographing Water Abstractions

Abstract patterns of light on water at Chewton, Central VictoriaCanon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 Macro lens: Exposure Details: 1/250 second @ f8 ISO 100.

When Things Aren't Going Well

When you're out and about sometimes the weather's not exactly ideal and, as a consequence, your photography can suffer as much as your enthusiasm for the art. Sometimes it pays to just stick it out a little longer and, if you're lucky, the goddess of photography will shine her light your way.

As a case in point I was in Central Victoria in the old gold mining town of Chewton (formerly known as Forest Creek) on assignment. An otherwise dreary afternoon was punctuated with a splash of light breaking, through the brooding clouds, onto the water below.

Light, Wind and Patterns

It was a simple matter of changing lenses to concentrate attention on the lovely play of light on the water's surface. I needed a reasonably fast shutter speed to freeze the patterns of light and dark swirls created by the breeze. All that was left was timing the release of the shutter so that it corresponded with the fantastic swirling patterns unfolding in front of me. 

It's interesting how staying ready can help ensure that you come home with a higher percentage of keepers. When I'm out and about photographing I often have the camera in hand and am continually adjusting the exposure, according to changes in the light, should the need to make a photo quickly arise. It's just a matter of getting organized, staying ready and attuned to what's going on around you.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru