I am very much looking forward to the change in season and some green coming back into our world. Though the warmer weather we have had lately has opened up the waters and the streams are once again flowing through. Tonight we took a drive out to get meat and since the sun was a little lower in the sky, I thought we could also jump over to the park and grab a shot of the creek. I wanted to give the variable filter another go, without using the maximum setting. I knew that there were a few good spots in the park network that I could get a shot of flowing water, but picked this one because it was most convenient.
Getting the shot required a little bit of rock climbing since the walk trail is about 7 feet higher than where I wanted to get the shot. I sussed out the area and found a spot that I could get down to easily and semi-safely. Before I attempted though, I gave the camera to Vahida to hold, in case something gave way and I ended up in the drink. Luckily though, it was like a rock – it was strong as it could be. I was able to easily set up the tripod, get the camera ready and start the shot. It was then that I realized that in reality, the variable filter really wasn’t needed, but I came this far and I was using it anyways! I set it to reduce the light by 3 stops which left me with a 15 second exposure. After I took the first shot, I liked just how much water blur there was. I did 2 different shots and went with this as the winner.
I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Canon EF 24-70mm F4 L lens at 24mm with a variable ND filter set to -3 stops, shooting at 15 seconds, F22, with an ISO setting of 125. It was a sunnyish day when the shot was taken and just before sunset.