Exploring the Power of Water 3

We had a beautiful sunny day here over the weekend (actually two sunny days, but I was traveling to/from Maine for most of one of them) and I wanted to continue working on a set of river abstracts that I started before the heavens opened up and flooded the river.  The waters are working their way back to normal, but still have a lot of punch.   I was working on long exposures like this:

when I spotted a kayaker playing in the rapids upstream of a nearby bridge.  He (or she) would be passing by within a few minutes so what to do?   I was shooting with the 40D and the 100-400 f/5.6L  because I needed a lot of reach for some subjects.  It would only take a few seconds to reconfigure the camera to shoot action shots (crank the shutter, raise the ISO, and set the lens wide open).  I started to do this and stopped.  I’m shooting abstracts.  Can’t I make the kayaker an abstract subject too (if a fleeting one)?   What the heck…

And so as he shot the rapids and played with the eddys I framed up and fired away at 0.6 and 0.8 seconds.  I really didn’t have much time to see if this would work — the whole encounter only lasted 20 seconds.  The results were interesting and, for me, added another dimension to this exploration of water’s power.  In retrospect I should have varied the shutter a bit more as I think there would be some cool images below 0.5 seconds.

Technical: Canon 40D, 100-400 f/4.5L  (at focal lengths through the entire range), f/16, ISO 200.  Polarizer and a 3-stop ND filter.  Shot from a Gitzo tripod and a Really Right Stuff RH-55 ballhead for stability.

Lightroom processing: strong fill, blackpoint, and clarity.  Bit of vibrance.  Removed one nasty dust spot.

4 thoughts on “Exploring the Power of Water 3

  1. Dave, Do you have any with a stationary object (rock, Tree on the shore) to anchor the picture. Kinda give you a feel for the motion. I like the mix of motion and stationary, like you have in your March Wallpaper photo.

  2. I do. I’ll post a couple more. I agree completely with the idea of mixing motion and stationary to give you a point of reference. Because I was shooting a moving target the “stationary” items are a bit blurrier that I wanted them to be so I decided to go with these rather surreal versions.

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