Friday, August 17, 2012

Photo of the day: Capturing the splash

Capturing the splash by The Bacher Family
Capturing the splash, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
This was a totally experimental shot on the western shore of San Juan Island as we were watching the sunset. The waves were crashing in over the rocks, and I wondered, how can I capture that kinetic movement? I tried slow shutter speeds, but that just made a blurred mess of the water. Then I thought, what about a fast shutter, actually capturing the water in mid-splash? I was limited by the low light in how fast I could snap the shutter and still capture detail in the rocks, but as it turned out, this shot at 1/13 second was a very nice compromise between freezing the motion and capturing the blur of it. The water has just enough blur to show its velocity, but just enough definition to not completely disappear into the blur.

It's not a gallery-quality photo, but it was a fun challenge and I'm pleased with the results!

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