This week’s challenge is about creating compelling black and white images of water. So often we rely on color to make our water images pop, so this week we’re removing color to focus on the other aspects of water that add interest to our photos: motion, texture, reflection, etc.
Long exposures of running water can add a sense of motion to our images. Yes, majestic waterfalls make for beautiful images, but small streams are often easier to find and beautiful in their own way. You might need to search a little harder for a good composition, but the concept is the same. Use a tripod and experiment with different shutter speeds to figure out how blurred you want the water to be.
Alternatively, you can zoom in on just the water to capture wonderful textures and lines in a long exposure. Again, different shutter speeds will produce different looks so I encourage you to experiment.
Freezing the motion of water creates yet a different texture: crisp and sparkly. The shutter speed needed to freeze motion differs depending on the focal length of your lens. A good place to start is 1/[focal length] and decrease the shutter speed from there until you capture crisp water drops.
Of course, water drops aren’t always in motion. When they are stationary like dew drops, they can look like little jewels in your photos. Have fun adding a bit of sparkle to your photos.
Let’s not forget about using reflections as a compositional element. The reflections may be nearly perfect if the water is completely still, but small ripples can create interesting distortions.
Sometimes the ripples themselves are the subject. Intersecting ripples can create complex and intricate patterns.
This week’s challenge:
- Take a photo with water as the main subject.
- Your final image should be a B&W grayscale image, but you can come to that image any way that you would like from capturing B&W in camera to converting in post-processing.
- Don’t forget about proper exposure and contrast which are especially important in a B&W image.
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to our active community on our Facebook Group, Flickr Groupor 500PX group (or all three). Tag the photo: #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
- The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.
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