Calming Rough Water

Along Pass-A-Grille Jetty
St. Petersburg, Florida

Shutter speed has the greatest effect on the appearance of moving water of any exposure setting. It can freeze a crashing wave or smooth out the constant swells of surf. The evening I photographed these rocks along the ocean coast, a storm was blowing in, so the waves were coming in strong and regularly. Using a 4-second shutter speed resulted in the choppy waves smoothing out into a slightly foggy blur. 

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