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Find the Less Obvious Source, and use a Tripod!

Don′t forget your tripod! Using a slow shutter speed (in this case, 3.2 seconds) you can allow the water to blur as it moves during the exposure.

When you have a slowly-moving body of water, this gives you an almost glassy reflective surface,
which allows for a wonderful reflection of the background, in this instance the rocky walls of an abandoned quarry.

Michael Hart Tip4

And, you can sometimes come up with a surprise, as the buildup of exposure time gives a view not seen by the naked eye. In this case, the river seems to be inhabited by a ghost who is watching me work! Can you see him?

Michael Hart Tip4aImages © Michael Hart, Houston DPA Instructor

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