Light and Water

© Carlos Rojas

Photograph by Carlos Rojas,
Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Date: May 19, 2010

Camera: Pentax K200D
Focal Length: 18mm
Aperture: f/8
ISO/Film: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/6 sec
Tripod: Yes

Note: Carlos Rojas captured this shot of a waterfall in Ketchikan, Alaska (wiki link).  I love the lighting in the photo, especially the way it bounces off the waterfall’s “streaks” near the top of the image.  The light barely hitting the rock near the bottom and the curve to the waterfall, add a great deal of interest to the photo.  Stunning capture!

Tip: Carlos slowed his shutter speed (wiki link) down to 1/6 of a second to get the waterfall looking smooth and in action.  Lighting plays a huge part of the photos we capture and can make or break a photo.  This would still be a nice photo if taken in the afternoon, but by capturing the sunlight shining and highlighting sections of the waterfall, makes this image so great.  Plan your next shot by looking at forecasts, thinking about where the sun will be when you are visiting a certain location and keep walking until you find that perfect spot with the intended lighting.

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