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Learn By Doing – Let’s slow it down now!

Assignment #15 – Slow shutter speed

Last week we froze motion by raising our shutter speed. Let me just say on record I love freezing water! Seeing those droplets reflecting the colors around. I love the fact you can manipulate the color of water droplet by either adding food coloring or using a colorful background. I think they’re beautiful! On to this week…

This week we are going to go the opposite direction. Time to slow down your shutter speed to give your water that beautiful flow. You will need a tripod for this or else something stable to rest your camera on since you will leaving the hand held zone.  If you have a remote use it if not just set the camera to timer and wait 2 seconds. If you don’t have a tripod be creative when looking for a stable object to set the camera on.

This picture was taken in Great Falls, MT using a shutter speed of 1/6 seconds. F/22 ISO 100 at sunset. First off let me tell you I didn’t take the picture this week, I took it last time I went to Great Falls. This is the first time since starting these assignments that I pulled out an old photo. I went down to the river this week in search of rapids but I must have picked the wrong spot on the wrong day  since there were no rapids and nothing really fitting that I wanted to take a picture of for the assignment. So I looked through my photos at home and found this one from a trip to Great Falls.

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 This week – Slow down motion… any water! Find a river or use a cup in your kitchen sink!

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