Day 10 – Hundred Day Photo Challenge

Sometimes a little camera motion can add a painterly appeal.

One day it’s snowing, the next it’s raining. One day the skies are bright overcast, the next they are dark and dank. Every day you take your tripod with you for your photo shoot. Then, on one of the dark and dank days, you leave home without the tripod and drive 35 miles to your intended venue for the shoot before you discover the tripod is back by your desk at home. What to do? Well, the first thing I did was set my ISO so that I could shoot with a higher shutter speed. That was before I realized that what I was experiencing from the banks or Chittenango Creek, on an overcast day with gentle rain felt a quiet, even a bit peaceful. I needed to feather the rushing water, so longer shutter speeds were needed and depth of field wasn’t as important. I wanted to try to accentuate what colors were reflecting in the water (this called for a little underexposure) but

Shutter speed, even without sharp focus, can facilitate the feel of rushing water.

once I felt like I had accomplished that, I wanted to soften similar compositions. All of a sudden I needed a bit of over of over-exposure, necessitating longer exposure to feather the waters. How was I going to do that without a tripod? I tried squatting with my camera firmly on a waterside rock. Okay but not really the perspective I wanted. A few feet away a small tree allowed me to raise my perspective and with my camera firmly held against the tree I was able to gain both the perspective and the shutter speed to collect the images I was looking for. Mission accomplished.