For this project I visited The Old Stone Bridge over the River Wharfe in Ilkley and its tiny waterfall. It was a beautiful day… until I started shooting, thankfully the rain stopped quickly.
I’ve set my camera to manual mode on a tripod with my beloved Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 lens and a shutter speed of 1/500 stopped all the way down to 2 seconds while taking 12 pictures. This time I needed to pay more attention to adjust aperture and ISO accordingly in order to get the same exposure.
At a shutter speed of 1/500 the droplets are visible, truly capturing a moment of motion; I noticed that it stays fairly sharp until a shutter speed of 1/100, than it starts blending giving a silky smooth effect. At 2 seconds it blends beautifully creating a rather striking image.
Personally I love the first and the last image for capturing feelings that completely opposite of each other, the first not only has the moment frozen, it has a strong, harsh feeling of the cruel nature; yet the last one symbolize calmness, it’s peaceful and relaxing to look at. Or maybe I watch Nat Geo and Eden to much…
Anyway after this exercise I found myself having another favourite subject to photograph. Every time we go on holiday, I like to capture “water” related things. Last time we visited Rhodes and the Valley of the Butterflies, we witnessed our mother nature “good and bad moments”, excellent chance to capture stormy conditions, not so great for the butterflies…yes…we haven’t seen a single one…or maybe one…that poor chap didn’t notice the devastating storm coming.
Learning from this exercise, the first picture has taken with a very low shutter speed of 4 seconds to achieve an even better smoothing effect, the last two picture has taken with an extremely high shutter speed of 1/2500 sec to properly freeze the raindrops. I am not completely satisfied with the second picture, I should have done it with either a very slow or a faster shutter speed to achieve the effect I was after and described above, but it also demonstrates how heavy the rain was.