The photo was taken some years ago with a Nikon E8700. It is a tiny falls from a tiny lake called "Rock Ridge Lake", in Denville NJ.
It was October at 6PM at night, the light was fading but the colors were magnificent.
I love long exposure of water, and the colors of the leaves, the berries and the reddish-brown water from the cedar lake contrasted with the white foam seemed like the shot I wanted. The time of day was perfect for beautiful lighting.
The photo was taken some years ago with a Nikon E8700; 7 seconds at f8 and ISO 50. It was October at 6PM at night, the light was fading but the colors were magnificent. I had no tripod but managed to prop the camera with sticks, lens cap, and dividers from my camera bag.
I was walking around endlessly, frustrated that nothing seemed to inspire me and I desperately wanted to create a photograph. Since it was a fall day and late in the day, a lake caught my eye. I took many shots of the fall colored trees and water reflection but they all looked like common shots. I gave up, and walking away I noticed these small falls under a concrete bridge. They were well hidden but I propped my camera on its side and took a few long exposures.
Very little post processing was done since it was before I worked in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
In my bag I usually have my Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80-200 2.8, Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and Tamron 24-70 2.8. Those are my three go-to lenses.
Capturing moving water at the right time of day and year can be very rewarding. I try and keep the ISO as low as possible, keep the lens within its focal sweet spot and test shoot a few different speeds. I tend to shoot these at around f10 and 25-30 seconds. If the light is too bright, a neutral density filter may help in reducing it and allow a longer shutter speed.
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