Sunday, March 22, 2015

Moving Water

During my recent vacation I came across a little creek. Clear glacier water was running over rocks and branches. The plashing in the all so quiet environment was very relaxing. Moving water is always a challenge to me, because bringing the motion to attention, water needs to be captured in slower shutter speeds. I usually do not carry any ND filter nor a tripod with me. So, I had to look for a way to stabilize my camera to prevent from shakes during capture. In this scene I placed it onto one of the rocks. The other risk is overexposure. Even with lowest ISO and highest aperture setting the shutter speed can be to fast to nicely blur the moving water. I found out that 1/10 of a second is a good compromise for shutter speed.

42mm  f/32  1/10sec  ISO100

Initially I did overexpose the photos a bit. In post processing the RAW files I could darken them again and work out some more details. To further point the attention to those little waterfalls I turned the photo into a black and white one. All the colors in the scene were distracting too much.

47mm  f/20  1/10sec  ISO100

A second moving water scene that I want to share in this post was at the outflow of a lake. A little dam has been formed of rocks and branches. At a lower part of that dam the lake water was running fast and loud out of the lake into a river. This scene again had the challenges of stabilizing the camera and finding exposure settings that did not overexpose too much. The water was running so fast here that even a shutter speed of 1/30 of second was enough to blur the moving water.

18mm  f/22  1/30sec  ISO100

The photos were taken with my EOS 600D camera and my EF-S 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. For taking photos of moving water I usually use shutter priority mode. Shutter speed is the essential factor in this scene. ISO value is set to the lowest value possible, which is 100 in my case. Aperture will be calculated by the camera automatically. Usually it runs up to the highest possible value, especially on sunny days.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Berberis Montana

In November I was on a vacation to South America. While travelling around I noticed of bushes with blossoms in strong orange color. This time of the year is Spring season in southern hemisphere and everything was blooming. But this bush raised my special attention. It's little blossoms where hanging like small lanterns at branches with bad thorns. The strong orange color was an eye catcher even at far distances. Since these little lanterns were dangling in the wind, it was not easy to take o photo of it. But with some patience I catched a moment of stillness and released the shutter. In later search of what kind of plant it is, I found out the name of it is Berberis Montana.

48mm  f/5.6  1/125sec  ISO100

The photo was taken with my EOS 600D camera and my EF-S 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. I've set the camera into aperture priority mode with lowest possible aperture value to get a short depth of field with a nicely blurred background. Shutter speed was calculated automatically. ISO was at a fixed value of 100. T took the photo hand-held.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


It's getting Spring now in the area where I live and early flowers are growing and starting to bloom. Today I want to share o photo of a Snowdrop that I found in my mother's garden last Spring. It was so cute to see these little white drops waving in the wind at the already green lawn. To get a nice perspective of this group of small plants I hunkered down and rested the camera at the tip of my show. For a short depth of field and a blurred background I switched into aperture priority mode and selected the lowest possible value. I folded out the screen, selected a focus point and took my photo.

119mm  f/5.6  1/125sec  ISO200

The camera I used this time was my EOS 600D with my Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens mounted to it.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Old tree on a dam

In late December I was on a short trip to the beautiful Rhine Gorge which is not that far from my home. Near the famous rock "Lorelei" there is dam built into the river forming a small harbor. While walking along the dam to reach the statue of Lorelei at it's end I noticed an old tree growing right in the middle of that dam. Because it was Winter time the tree did not carry much foil and all the bent and bony branches were clearly visible. The scene was kind of spooky and the gray weather perfectly added to that impression. I had to take a photo of that tree.

35mm  f/5.6  1/100sec  ISO200

The photo was taken with my newly acquired EOS 70D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. The camera was set into P mode with a fixed ISO value of 200. I have shot hand-held.