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Slow and splashy

Slow and splashy

The time: Sometimes photographers are storytellers, sometimes illustrators, and sometimes we just enjoy playing with the camera. There also are times when we can be all three.

When we’re photographing sports, we try to stop the action with fast shutter speeds; but when we photograph things in nature, we want to show the speed and grace in other ways.

The tip: The best way to produce a lyrical image of moving water is to use a slow shutter speed, allowing the water to “flow” through the frame. In the photo of the rushing waters of the Merced River, I used a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 1D Mark lll camera with a 70-200mm  zoom lens set at 200mm. To achieve the effect, I shot the picture about an hour before sunset, using ISO 100, and camera settings of f/32 at 1/ 2.5 seconds and a cable release to minimize vibration.

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