Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Photographers control light to tell stories. Sometimes, there just isn't enough light out there to record the shot effectively, so they need a little help. Electronic flash units can do the trick, but directly lighting a subject can often reduce apparent depth and wipe out surface features. For that reason, indirect or bounce flash often helps. But that isn't always feasible, especially when you're outside.
But flash units have one critical advantage: they freeze an image like nothing else. So I tried my hand with the fountain outside our hotel room. Because the shutter was open for significantly more time than the flash was firing, I still got some subtle motion effects on some of the edges. If you squint just so, it almost looks like the water is throwing a shadow back against the sky.
Sometimes, cameras can be so much fun to play with.
Your turn: I think there's more water in my photographic future? Any suggestions what kinds of water scenes would work best?