Sunday, September 11, 2011

Water. Falls.

Quebec City, QC, July 2011
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About these photos: We're winding down Thematic's white week, and by all accounts it's been a great one. If you've played along, please accept my thanks for your contribution - and if you're still wondering whether or not it's too late to jump in, rest assured it isn't. Click here to squeeze your shot in under the wire. And stay tuned Monday (tomorrow) night - at 7:00 Eastern - for our new theme, playing with light.
The neat thing about water as a photographic subject is its ability to shift form. Left undisturbed, it can potentially be as clear as the surrounding air. But get it flowing just so, and set the camera this way or that, and everything changes. Use a long enough shutter speed - like I did in the smaller shot to the left, and you can almost feel the motion in the resulting still image.

This isn't the first time I've done the moving-water thing (click here, here and here for earlier examples) and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. There's just something about standing near flowing water that speaks of peace, that reinforces that all is right with the world, even if for only this moment.

Which makes finding more moments like this all the more important.

Your turn: Why do waterfalls, rapids and other fast-flowing stretches of water appeal to you?


caramaena said...

For some reason, being near water (especially flowing water) makes me feel I can breathe better, so pictures of flowing water also make me feel more relaxed.

In fact my current desktop picture is a pic of the sea with a longer shutter speed so the water looks all foamy.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I know definitely it is the sound given off by the fall of water.. Its so hypnotizing and soothing... a definite rhythm.....Nothing is better than the scent of water flowing....

Unknown said...

Serenity. It gives me pause to relax and reflect.

Little Nell said...

Hypnotic rolling waves for me - that’s why I live by the sea.