Capturing movement

This is a skill I have yet to master. How can I capture the look of the watercourses I see on my hikes? I experimented with my camera at a brook near my house, and abandoned several shots before I was happy with this one.

Baboosic Brook: 1/10 sec., f/11.2. Fairly close to what I hoped to capture.

Baboosic Brook: 1/10 sec., f/11.2. Fairly close to what I hoped to capture.

I did manage to learn that a fast shutter speed without an adjustment to aperture resulted in a nearly-black photo. Thumbnail only; this one doesn’t deserve a featured spot.

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5 thoughts on “Capturing movement

  1. Did you use a tripod or rest the camera on something? Because that would probably give you a crisp background but you’d still get a sense of the movement of the water! Looks like a beautiful place to hike!

    • I was going to suggest the same as Laura. Use a tripod or rest the camera on something solid next time, that way the background will be crisp & sharp while the water will get the soft blur that you’re looking for.

    • I braced myself against a railing as I took the picture, but I think your suggestion of a tripod is a good one. It’s time I got a real one instead of the little thing that came with the camera.

  2. I love the water too. It is hard to get good photos, especially to show the idea of the motion of the water. It is always moving, it’s just hard to capture it most of the time.

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