river reflections

River Reflection 2


Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 100
Exposure Bias -0.7 EV


If you have been following my photographic journey, then you probably know that I really like reflections on water. Hence, today's post. Normally midday is not the a good time to be out shooting. However, the day was overcast and I decided to visit the river. There is always an image to capture at the river.

Even with the overcast sky, I had to stop down the exposure 2/3 of a stop to eliminate the blown out highlights. 


River Reflection 1


Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 125


In this second image, I could leave the exposure as is because I was shooting under deep shadows created by the bushes overhanging the river. I saw a mallard swimming over and waited until it entered my field of view and snapped the shot. Patience pays off.

Yes, shooting on a bright afternoon is not preferable, but you can always find conditions that will allow you to shoot successfully (look for cloudy skies, shade, and use your histogram). If you can, shoot in the morning or evening light. However, if the timing is bad, go ahead and make the best of it, you will be surprised at the results you can get.


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