June 2018
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DAJ Designs Photography
Moving Water
Elakala Second
Elakala Second
By: Benjamin DeHaven
I captured this image on a recent trip to my favorite waterfall, Elakala Falls. When photographing waterfalls, one of the most important things is for your waterfall to be in even light. Any bright spots of light will turn to pure white, over-exposed spots. For this image, I was set up and shooting long before the sun would be shining down into the gorge. This allowed me to take the shot without using a neutral density filter, and I was able to set the camera up for a long enough exposure to blur the water - at ISO 50 and F/16.

I always use a circular polarizer when shooting wet rock or water as it takes the shine off of them. Some people are afraid to use a circular polarizer on a wide angle lens, but as long as you are not shooting the sky it is a must in my mind. This image was shot with my Nikon D800 and Tamron 15-30mm lens. I love super wide-angle landscapes so much that I also have the Fotodiox WonderPana filter kit for the Tamron 15-30mm. The filter size is 145mm - they are huge filters! 

One of the more abstract thought processes while shooting moving water is to imagine how the foam or currents will form lines and circles. Then try to work those into leading lines or interest points in the image. In "Elakala Second", you can see how the line of foam leads from the foreground mini waterfall back to the main waterfall. This helps to lead the eye deeper into the picture. Leading lines and repeating shapes all help to control the eye's view into the image, drawing the viewer into the scene. The repeating line of three rocks on the lower right of the image also lead up to the waterfall, providing another point of entry into the scene.
Great Falls
By: Debbie Jordan
The waterfall above is one of the smaller falls along the Potomac River at Great Falls, viewed from the Virginia side. Since it was mid-morning on a bright day, my camera was set at ISO100 and F/22 to capture the silky movement of the water as well as the detail of the rocks both in the foreground and in the distance. I particularly love the smooth, soft blue-green water cascading between the rough and angular brown rocks and, from this angle, the water appears to flow directly toward the viewer. As Ben noted above, the four smaller rocks from the lower right of this photo also lead the eye into the scene, and the curve of the river keeps the eye moving through the image.

If you want to see more of our work, peruse through our matted or framed photography, or talk photography technique, come see us at the Westminster Art in the Park tomorrow - rain or shine! Details can be found under "Upcoming Art Shows".
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