Flowing water can be a difficult subject to capture.  You can capture the motion of the water by using a longer shutter speed resulting in a blur effect that conveys motion.  Or you can freeze the flow by using a much shorter shutter speed that allows you to capture the water in one split second of time.  To keep you lighting accurate for you will need to adjust your aperture (f-stop) to compensate for the shutter speed you choose.  Generally, when conveying motion with the long shutter speed use a larger f-stop (smaller opening) or when freezing motion use smaller f-stop (larger opening).  Again, those are just general rules.  Your setting, lighting, and circumstances will vary and your camera needs to be set accordingly.

These photos were taken in Gilbert, Arizona along a walking trail that runs parallel to Elliot Rd., just on the north side of downtown.

Photo of water flowing out of a pipef/5.6 – 1/8 sec – ISO 200 – Focal Length 105 mm

Photo of water flowing out of a pipe

f/5.6 – 0.5 sec – ISO 200 – Focal Length 135 mm
Photo of water flowing out of a pipe
f/5.6 – 1/125 sec – ISO 200 – Focal Length 100 mm

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