LONG EXPOSURE - FILTERS CAN SAVE THE DAY
On a recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, the mission was to photograph water. I know there is a variety of opinions regarding water images. Several photographers that I admire, suggest there should be some texture in the water flow, and they avoid a shutter speed slower than 1 second. Of course, the shutter speed is determined by how fast the water is flowing and how much texture you want in the image. I usually follow the advise of the experts since they are the experts. Generally, the sweet spot for me is 2 seconds.
However, as with many things in life, how you photograph water is purely subjective. I already had envisioned this ghostly look before leaving the hotel room that morning and I was confident I would get the look I was going for because I had a variable ND filter in the bag. Once I set up the composition, all I had to do was experiment with the dial until I got the look I was hoping for. It's a good day when a plan comes together.