Water Photography

by Earl J Posted on July 30, 2013

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When I was growing up I remember hearing that Aqua (water) covers about 80% of our planet. To a photographer, water of any kind can either be an exciting challenge or no challenge at all. But, this can be where we have a great opportunity to use our skills and knowledge to get the best possible picture that uses water as the subject. We can show water in many forms, such as still, moving, close-up, at a distance, and sometimes using people as a way of showing perspective. First, choose the subject you want to photograph with water somewhere in the scene. Take your time, walk around, and, thanks to digital, you can take a bunch of photos so you end up with those that can create excitement. My first photo shows one of North Florida’s many natural springs. Note the many colors the camera has captured.

E's Little River Springs 020

My next photo is at the same place, but I show some action as a pair of divers are about to swim down and cross under the Suwannee River before coming up on the other side.

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I call these next photos “Icons” because they have been photographed and photographed to the point where they are not all that interesting anymore The challenge here is be to use a different angle or a different time to shoot. First is of Niagara Falls taken in a different place compared to where most people stand to take their photos, and the second is of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. I took photos from this position at three different times of day to get the one that I kept as a favorite.

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2008 Earl in Alberta 080

In many locations, towering cliffs make dramatic company from water and my next two photos show scenes from Portugal that are looking at the Atlantic Ocean. First is of the cliffs at Cabo da Roca, a short distance from Lisbon, and the next shows housing on the cliff called Azenhas do Mar, also looking at the Atlantic.

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D's Portugal March 2006 025

We’re all familiar with and love beaches but often find they are difficult to photograph because of the sun and the glare. Try to avoid high noon and aim for your beach shots to be taken during the “Golden Hours” of early morning or late afternoon. My first photo is of shore birds on Florida’s Gulf coast. Then, for a more interesting beach scene, you can often find interesting patterns, like these umbrellas in Belgium.

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Ponds like this one are normally pretty dull, but be on the lookout for something different, like this one in Florida where I waited for sunset to show the small ponds beautifully reflecting the setting sun.

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When shooting landscapes it is often a smart move to include something that shows just how large the main subject is. In the first shot you can see people inspecting a rock island in the Atlantic Ocean. The second picture, taken in Alberta, includes two fishermen that show us the size of the waterfalls.

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2008 Earl in Alberta 236

We all love sunrise or sunset shots, and this one shows the Pacific Ocean as seen in Oregon. I’m pleased that I had the patience to wait for some people to walk along that stretch of beach, and especially glad that they had their dog with them.

Portland and Oregon Coast in June 114

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I'm a long-time film photographer, starting with a darkroom in my parents' fruit-cellar when a teen-ager. I fought the change to digital at first, but no longer. I've become a convert and Shutterfly has been my on-line provider since 2002. Since then I've placed (as I write this) 135 orders for prints, enlargements, calendars for every year and 42 photo books in different sizes. I'm very pleased with the top quality of all Shutterfly products.

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