More of world’s end

The image is, I will admit, something of a cliché. Ever since I was able to appreciate photographs which graced the periodicals of my childhood (including Life, National Geographic, Natural History, National Wildlife … and, more recently, CNN’s photo blog) I have been fascinated by pictures of moving water. In particular I have admired the ways in which  photographers have been able to capture the many moods which water may display. The quiet, undisturbed, surface of an inland lake; boisterous, terminating, waves of so many beach fronts; dark, moody, and foreboding ground swells of the open ocean; swift and unforgiving currents of the near-shore; frenzied, swirling, eddies at the confluence of protected estuaries, and even the propagating waves born of droplets impinging on the quiet surface of a sink full of dishwater. Among the four elements of astrology, it is water that amazes me most. I have commented on it before. We visited World’s End State Park a few days ago and the weather, in advance of Hurricane Sandy, was not the best. Those of you who follow this blog will know that I am slowly climbing the learning curve which has been presented to me by my new DSLR. Although the old Point & Shoot did allow me to manipulate shutter speed – it only allowed me to do so within very narrow limits. I can do just about anything with the new camera and had lots of fun experimenting with its dials, wheels, menus, and levers as I lay prone on a piano-sized bit of shale within the middle of one of many tributaries to Loyalsock Creek. In particular, the effect of a very slow shutter was to create the blur and the feel of movement in the water. At a high adjusted ISO rating I was able slow the shutter and stop down the aperture to give a feel of depth and clarity to the leaves and the surrounding wood.

7 thoughts on “More of world’s end

  1. Yes, so fun to play with that shutter speed and water. Had a good time trying this out earlier in the summer, sadly our DSLR is failing. So much so that on Saturday we ordered a new one and put the body of our other onto Ebay. Char is taking a class this semester and it is frequently not even able to turn on, no matter what you are doing with batteries. It has been great fun and we’ve taken about 40,000 photos over the past 5 years of ownership. So if we sell it, great, but it did serve us well. Meanwhile the phone camera has been my tool and well, it just doesn’t produce quite the same quality! So I am really enjoying your new toy and the results have been up to speed. Thanks for a beautiful photo share.

  2. The images might be cliches, but they are so nice, and I think you learn by copying, that is what I was taught, I love slowing water down. I find it really satisfying.

    • Hi there Leanne. Yes – thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule. By the way, I figured out something about aperture and shutter priority. It makes absolutely no difference as far as actual metering and exposures are concerned. As I pointed out in my last communication … in one case speed up aperture open … in the other, aperture open speed up. Where it DOES make a big difference however is when you’re in either mode and you do a bit of exposure compensation (+/-). Notice that when in aperture priority an exposure adjustment changes speed (because aperture is the priority). When you’re in shutter priority an exposure adjustment changes aperture (because speed is the priority). Whew! We’re under hurricane and flood watches here today … so they’ve called off work – perhaps I’ll get some images of rain and wind! Have a great day.

  3. The D600 seems to have expanded the limits of what is possible. The results are more subtly revealing in their detail. Startling. Can’t wait to see more.

  4. That is amazing that the background can be so clear and yet you get all the motion of the water in the foreground. Sounds like that new camera of yours has quite a few dials and settings to master! What is the prediction for Sandy in your area? Snow?

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