Have you ever tried to create a photo and incorporate water in soft and muted light?

This shooting style can create beautiful effects and reflections. The best times for this kind of shot is during the two “golden hours”. Either the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset, or at night if you are in the city like the photo below taken in Vancouver, BC.

If you are fairly new to photography I would suggest you put your camera on a tripod, hook up a wired remote for the shutter and set the mode dial to aperture priority mode. Then choose an aperture between f16 to f20 speed and allow the camera to choose the correct aperture. If you struggle to get a sharp image you can push the ISO up although ISO 100 is a good starting point.

Your target shutter speed should be longer than a half a second. You want the shutter speed long enough to have the water appear like glass. On a windy day, this may take a 5 to 10 second exposure time…. Sometimes even longer.

The good news is you are shooting digital, take as many shots as it will take and keep elongating the shutter times till that water appears like glass and you get the reflections.

There are a few of our workshops where this technique will come in handy to create stunning images. Our workshop in Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nova Scotia. To learn more about these workshops, please visit our Canadian workshop page on our website. Here is the link. http://northof49photography.com/photo-workshops/


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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com