Photo Commentary #19: Long Exposure Water Motion Blur

Photo Commentary #19: Long Exposure Water Motion Blur

Photo Commentary #19: Long Exposure Water Motion Blur 150 150 varunvisuals
This photo, taken by James Wheeler, is a perfect example of using long exposure photography to achieve a smooth water surface and increase reflections.
This photo, taken by James Wheeler, is a perfect example of using long exposure photography to achieve a smooth water surface and increase reflections.
Throughout numerous of my posts I have touched on the topic of long exposure techniques within photography – today I will continue along this topic.
 
As we know, long exposure techniques can be applied in a variety of circumstances such as astrophotography and timelapses. Another instance is motion smoothing.
 
Two examples of this, from prior posts, are the silky waterfall and moving cloud images. This photo illustrates another scenario by which rough bodies of water are practically transformed into what looks like delicate glass. Just as how a waterfall can be smoothed out, so can waves and ripples. The extended time with which light is allowed to reflect off a subject and into the camera lens causes a blurring effect. In other words, glass-like bodies of water = blurry waves; but obviously the former is a much more elegant description 😉
 
And of course, to connect this with my last post, the “blurry waves” help in accentuating the beautiful reflections that may otherwise be hard to see (similar to how its hard to see your own reflection in a puddle with ripples on the side of a street. Lovely work James!
 
Photographer: James Wheeler

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