fountain structure at Lavender Ridge, Reno CA

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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This is an example of the shutter priority setting on a DSLR camera. This shot was taken in the full direct sunlight on Reno, Nevada in the summertime. Needless to say, it was almost a complete glare for my eyes when looking at it. If I had owned one at the time, I would have used a neutral density filter to “calm” the brightness of the entire shot and been done with it. But I wanted to not only capture the waterfall; I wanted to catch it with the water ‘melted’ into curtains instead of individual droplets.

To get the effect, I slowed the shutter speed to 1/20 and set the bracketing (automatic changes the camera makes to slightly adjust the original settings) for the shutter speed changes to go lower with each shot. Setting the shutter speed this slow made the camera tell me there wasn’t an aperture setting small enough to limit the light the amount it needed to be limited to avoid massive flare on all of the water including the pool. LOL! To compensate, I changed the lightness offset to -5 (the lowest) and started shooting. The camera nailed it on the second shot, although I took many just to be sure.

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