For most of my years as a nature photographer I’ve been practicing social distancing without knowing it. I’ve always preferred shooting alone although as I get older having a shooting partner will become a good idea. I do get in some sketchy situations, but don’t tell Mary Beth. Case in point this morning as I waded around in Dean Brook. The stream bed is mostly rocks of various sizes and, although they are not terribly slippery because of the moving water, they are not exactly seated securely. Some move suddenly underfoot. But slow and steady wins the day so all went well.
I found a few compositions as I walked down stream. I am not sure which will have the most appeal but I enjoyed trying different exposures to get just the right effect of motion. It was nice to be out totally immersed, not in the water (ha!), but in the sound of the water, removed from all else going on it the world for those moments. The decibel level changed while moving along the edge depending on the cascades and power of the crashing water but the sound of the brook covered any other sounds that may have occurred.
One feature I enjoy capturing is the splash of water on a rock at the base of a cascade. This wasn’t arcing quite as much as I might have liked but the effect is still a pleasing one, I think.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 @182mm with Circular Polarizer, f/11 @0.3 sec, ISO 400. I made a few different exposures anywhere from 1/6 sec to 2.0 at a few different ISO’s but this was the look I had in mind.