Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

I’ve only just learned how to do this on my camera…. take a photo of running water and make it look all steamy and blurred!

A small waterfall at Silent Pool near Guildford

A small waterfall at Silent Pool near Guildford (F5, ISO 100, SS 0.5 sec)

On Auto, my camera would have taken a very clear picture of the water at a high shutter speed and every drop would have been in high definition.  I wanted to learn how to take a photo where the water is blurred, but I’ve been scared to put my camera into ‘Manual’ mode and work out what I needed to do!Finally I joined a beginners photography class & have learned about ISO, F-Stops, (Aperture), White balance and Shutter Speed.  The problem with slowing down my shutter speed enough to take a photo like this, is that at slower shutter speeds the camera lets in more light and the photos become over-exposed, or bleached.  Most of the time I take photos in the middle of the day when we are out for walks, and so the light is far too bright even if i reduce my ISO to 100, however I was lucky that this particular waterfall was in a shady spot and therefore managed to capture the picture in the middle of the day.

Now I have managed it once, and the days are getting shorter, hopefully I will be able to capture some low light running water images, though to get the type of pictures I really love I expect I will have to bring my tripod and some NR filters!

I think this type of picture perfectly fits this Week’s Photo Challenge; Dreamy

About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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3 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

  1. Nice work. I’m looking forward to trying to capture the same type of effect with the waves on the Florida Gulf coast in a few weeks. Nice submission for “dreamy.”


  2. Grannymar says:

    It does look dreamy. Mind you it sounds like hard work to me. I’ll stick with my point and click.


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