Christmas Day saw us receive rain and wind which prevented me from getting out for some photography. I don’t mind light rain or gentle winds but the rain came down hard at times and the wind, while not reaching the predicted 50 mph, was enough to keep me out of the woods. Saturday, however, provided some strong flow in Dean Brook…it was almost too much water. I’ve a few other images to work on and see if I can make some order of them but this is the one I enjoyed making the most. Bad advertisement for the others, I guess. 🙂
There’s no “rule” for capturing water in motion. Slow speeds, fast speeds, moderate speeds, all work at different times, in different lighting, and according to taste. I experimented with many combinations of exposure times and ISOs. This was 0.3 secs at f/8 and the ISO was 1600. It did require some noise reduction in Lightroom but the detail was maintained. I sharpened with both Pixel Genius’ Photokit Sharpen and the Detail Enhancer in Nik. I made a few targeted contrast adjustments to bring out a bit more of the action in the splashes and did look at converting to black and white but like the color so abandoned the change. There’s a lot I like about this capture but especially the one tiny splashed drop suspended almost in the middle. I made 32 exposures, some vertical and some horizontal, and this is my favorite and actually the first of the bunch.