Balancing Act for Water

Kootenai Creek
Bitterroot Valley, Montana


Photographing water in streams and rivers is a balancing act. You have choices for how the movement of water appears in the photo and that affects the feeling the image conveys. In this photo, the bright light on the scene required a faster shutter speed of 1/80 second to prevent over exposing the rushing white water. This in turn stopped the splashing water instead of rendering it a smooth blur. The effect is one of energy and sound.

Learn more about the choices you have when photographing flowing or calm water in Still or Sparkling - Photographing Water, which begins Thursday, September 10, 2020, online through the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.