Exploring Small and Medium Size Creeks


I was going through my collection of files and came across the two photos taken on a trip last Fall.The medium to small creeks can offer some interesting photo oppurtunies  and at the same time a nice hike along the creek’s edge.

Although the Fall color was not in full swing here there was enough color to enhance the scenery. The above location was a  tough area to shot as the foreground is mostly in deep shadow and the background is brightly lit.I shot two photos here to create one in Photoshop.I exposed the first photo for the foreground and then took another shot exposing for the background.Being early evening in the Fall  the sun was low to the horizon creating cross lighting on the trees in the background. I added a fair amount of detail in the foreground due to the rich colors of the moss and dried leaves.

I mounted my camera on a tripod and with the zoom set at 28 mm and the shutter speed set to 1/6 sec @ f22 .With the 1/6 sec shutter speed I achieved good detail in the water.

I continued along the creek and came across this waterfalls with late evening lighting.You will notice that the sun is hitting the trees in the upper left corner of the photo.It was an added bonus to have the sunlight striking the rocks in two locations in the right hand side. I placed rocks in my foreground to create depth and to decrease the amount of water shown in the foreground.At the same time I created a basic S-curve with the water flow.The amount of water flowing in the creeks affects how your photos will turn out.

I took this photo with a zoom setting of 30 mm and the shutter speed set to 1/6 sec @ f22.Well that is it for today so until next time happy trails.

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~ by kenben on 03/26/2011.

3 Responses to “Exploring Small and Medium Size Creeks”

  1. Hi there,
    Found your blog via that photography tags. Wonderful photographs! Although the background was bright and the foreground dark, the top picture came out magnificent. Love the extended exposures. Thanks for sharing these,
    Nate

    • Hi Nate.I just printed that one out and made adjustments in the photo.By bring out the foreground more the lighting is much more even.

  2. Hi Ken,
    Two more wonderful photographs from your collection. I love all the color in the waterfall one. The water it’s self has such soft pastel colors and the softness of it contrasts nicely with the textures of the rocks.

    Darice

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