Photo Tip – How to get that silky waterfall…
Chris – how do you get those silky waterfalls in harsh light like you did???
So I get asked this a lot because you have to have a slow shutter to achieve the silky smooth waterfalls. Now you can get fancy with filters and such that make the camera view things a few stops below that allows for slower shutters speeds even in daylight as this was shot but I don’t even own a filter. Not that there is anything wrong with that and they absolutely have their place and time to be used…however I have never shot with one and don’t own one.
So how did I get this?? Well basic knowledge here will help out as I am not going to go through the entire exposure routine on this one…however if your camera is able to shoot at ISO 50 remember that moving from ISO 50 to 100 doubles your setting. The secret for this type of thing is to shoot at your highest FStop in this case F/22 and the LOWEST ISO in this case ISO 50.
So for the below shot I shot this with the following settings:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure Time: 0.25s (1/4)
Date Taken: 2014-03-24 13:54:28
Exposure Program: aperture priority
Today’s Photo: Powerful Waterfall
So there is actually a story to this image. This photo was shot on what we thought was going to be a trip to the top of the mountain where the Chimney Tops reside. It was chilly, we were headed up to the top – got out the car, put on some warm clothes, grabbed the camera pack and tripod and off we went. Crossed over a bridge and there was this totally awesome set of rocks everywhere with water streaming awesomeness each way we looked. I of course said – hey I am going to take some shots here before start up the mountain – you guys hang out and I will be done shortly. OK great! We are going to explore. So I take some shots here and there, climb around up and down these rocks. Take a few photos of people with their cameras and such. I get finished and I go find everyone and to my surprise there is a soaking wet 11 year old explorer with a huge smile…me….ummmmm…nice job slick….are you cold? Yeah kind of – just then jumps again to another rock and *SPLASH* there he goes again…dip number two in the water. By the time we made it back to the car (which I had the best parking spot we could get and this place was CROWDED!!!) he fell in 3-4 times. Now normally this would not be an issue as I am ALWAYS prepared and carry an extra closet in my truck…however that is for me and my truck was a few states over…so yeah we did not make it past go….we did not collect any money (poor Monopoly humor here…) and headed right back to the hotel to get the poor little guy warmed up and a change of clothes. On the way up it was gorgeous, no traffic, perfect conditions. The way back to the hotel for operation “warm change” everyone must have told everyone else that conditions were perfect and that there was no traffic – because on the way down the road in WAS PACKED. so instead of planning to come back up we stayed around the hotel for another hike that was within a rock throw of the hotel. This was also nice – however there is a story for that one as well…but I will bore you with it later…as the camera did not make it out of the bag…
Today’s Photo – Fall Back – Fall Colors
One of my absolute favorite times to shoot! I LOVE fall and the colors. Headed up to the mountains for a couple days to see if I can be in the right place at the right time – sometimes photography is about being in the right place at the right time and being able to capture that moment. I am hoping that this happens for me this weekend. Todays photo is something that is out of the normal for me – I usually take the photo, dump it to the computer and process it some time later. Today I literally took this this morning and even made a behind the scenes little hello from me to you. I might post that later when I have better internets. Until then, I hope that you are enjoying fall time and I hope that you enjoy this photo – I had tons of fun making it.
So I went totally out of the norm today and processed a photo that I took 2 days ago. I normally just dump them all and the look through to see what I feel like processing. Most of the time that leads to something I took a while ago – today that is not the case. This entrance was just fabulous as was the rest of the facility. It was like being in an exotic wonderland full of awesomeness that at the same time caused sensory overload at times. I walked and walked and walked then walked some more – why you ask? Here are a few details –
6 floors , 2,711 rooms , 171 suites
152 meeting rooms, 600,000 sq ft of total meeting space
Located on over 26 acres
Needless to say – it was crazy. There were seriously times when I just stopped and said – gosh my head hurts and then looked over and went – THAT IS TOTALLY AWESOME! Can you guess where this is without googling the details or looking at the phototags etc?
What’s your hurry?
Have you ever wondered why people always seem to be in a hurry? On the one hand I say – stop, slow down, live your dash…and on the other hand I say – GAH!!! They are right life is short get as much in as possible!! There has to be a happy medium.
While up in the mountains we came across this great and wonderful the world. I have a few photos from a prior trip up to the top of this same mountain that are awaiting their special day, however I took this a few weeks ago and though I normally process way out of order I decided to process this and see what came out of it. I really liked it and hope you do to – click the photo to see a larger size and you can also buy one from there as well.
I will be discussing this shot on an upcoming Google+ hangout – if you would like to join that hangout let me know and I will send you an invite. We will also be talking photography in general.
Golden Morning at Norris
Where have you been???
Well, I have been all over shooting some but not enough. The weather is warming up and I am excited to be doing some photowalks to not only help teach others and get enthusiasm for photography but also to just get out and have some fun and meeting interesting people :). I have a few exciting announcements that I will be able to share soon so stay tuned 🙂
So I was up in the mountains in a place that most cell phones dont work – this is both a blessing and a curse. It is awesome to be able to unplug a bit however when you are addicted to your phone as I am it is very aggervating at the same time. I felt like I was at an intervention or something 🙂
Anyways – the below photo was taken on the morning that I left. We went down to the lake and the kids were getting some energy out before the drive home, and I of course saw the morning fog rising and grabbed my camera. It was muddy and crazy however totally awesome at the same time. The warmth of the sun and the sparkle of the water reflections combined with the rising of the “smoke” was just fabulous. I cant wait to go back and shoot some more!
Behind the Scenes Video?
A while back…
You might remember that I toyed with the idea of doing a behind the scenes video…well while this is not that, this is a kinda of behind the scenes video…but then again not really…you get the picture 🙂
so I could go crazy and ramble on and on about various things…however I am not going to – so enjoy the video and here is today’s photo 🙂
Not much to say about this one or anything in general today – I will say click to see a larger size – it looks much better in a larger size.
The Old Mill | Pigeon Forge TN
Lovely little place
Have you ever gotten a vision on your head that you just cant get out? I get them all the time, sometimes I end up being able to capture something very similar as what I see in my head. I have been having a re-occurring scene in my head – yet nothing like is near that I know of. I am hoping to find this place and shoot and bring it back to share with everyone
This is the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge TN. It is a great place to shoot. I remember us driving by – and I said – pulling over!!! I have to shoot that, hope you dont mind???
Anyways it had just got done raining, puddles everywhere, I grabbed my tripod and went off. People walking by looking at me funny saying “Now that’s camera!” I just kept on. I now have more ideas for this location 🙂
Forgot – we were on our way to Dixie Stampede – yes we made it 🙂
Time to change up a little
Change is in the air
A while ago I decided that the next 10 shots that I did would be black and white. I really hate deciding something like that because I normally do not follow through with it. The above is case in point – I did not shoot 10 in a row that were black and white, however I have shot 10 black and white since then that I like. I have posted a few already starting with “I miss Ansel”, I am not sure what count I am up to but doesnt really matter to me 🙂
So what is the change mentioned above??
Well, I have been looking at a lot of photos lately which is where I draw inspiration from sometimes. And as I look I see subtle things and sometimes obvious things – one of the obvious is the use or non-use of HDR. Now I have mentioned before that I dont always shoot HDR however I do a lot of the time as I just like that style. Here is a sample of NON HDR’s that I have shot “As the water falls”>, “City of Dayton at Night” and “Another Spring View”. I think that I might (and I stress MIGHT – because I might not follow through :)) try the next 10 in NON HDR – we will see how it goes
I have always liked these type of shots – country, roll’s of hay and solace. I have never gotten to take one though until this year. This shots are not always as they seem – this looks to be in isolation of everything – but was it??
Skies tell stories
While in Nashville, my good friends Vince and Heather got to spend the whole weekend together. It was a a great time and they were very accommodating for me – never complaining about me dragging them all over to shoot – for me it was an all around great weekend. I remember they both suggested that we go to the roof/lounge as sunsets sometimes are amazing there – this is what we were greeted with and they were right. As I looked up at the sky I thought about all that is going on with life and the sky seemed to showing things I was feeling, it is very hard to explain. Anyways here is one that came out of it. I hope you enjoy.