Dgrin Mini-Challenge #270 - Long Exposure - Silky Waters

CavalierCavalier Life is a BokehForesthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,002Registered Users Major grins

I'm sure everyone is familiar with using long exposure for waterfalls, rivers, waves, etc. But just in case, here's the Wikipedia short description - "Long-exposure, time-exposure, or slow-shutter photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements."

So for this mini, I'd like to see silky water - rivers, oceans, waterfalls - anything wet that is nicely softened to a silky texture, while showing sharp stationary items. Here are some samples, but surely you all can do better than these!

Merced River outside Yosemite NP.

Stream in Yosemte NP

Brown water spout

Mini will run until **August 3, 2018 at 5pm, PDT

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  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 6,721Super Moderators moderator

    Great challenge Jo! Here are my 3!

    1 Ape exibit in Disney World

    2 Hatcher's Pass, Independence Mine, Alaska

    3 Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho

  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,058Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 25, 2018

    Oh, fun topic even if I don't have much to share!

    1. Trahlyta Falls at the Lake Trahlyta spillway, Vogel State Park, Georgia. I didn't have a tripod with me, so this is propped against the guard rail and hand-held.

    2. This is Smith creek at Anna Ruby Falls, near Helen, Georgia

    3. Another from Smith creek.

    I need to find a bigger version of this last one, but it may be on the drive that was corrupted. :(

    Sherry P.

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,691Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 24, 2018

    I do not have any photos that are of this type. That's because I am not normally photographing flowing water at present, and because when I started doing 35 mm film photography in 1958, my goal was to show all the droplets and turbulence of the water. And while I guess it is an interesting exercise to do, it is not one that appeals to me. I don't think I see water like that with my eyes and I don't like it in photos.

    I have picked out three photos which might, if you bend the rules and give them the benefit of the doubt be on the edge of possibilities for this mini. They were all waterfalls in Yosemite which I took (film) in the mid 60s. The water was moving fast enough that it is a little blurred.

    1. Mist from a Waterfall

    2. Rainbow in Vernal Falls from the Mist Trail

    It was on this trail that I slipped on some rocks and fell - in order to avoid going over the edge, I fell instead on my daughter who was walking in front of me. It skinned up her face and her baby incisors turned black afterward.

    I think this is probably
    3. Yosemite Falls

    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 23 Major grins

    Night time , long exposure , water and boats


  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,742Registered Users Major grins

    I only found two, so a smaller entry from me for this mini:

    Croatian waterfall

    Silk and ice

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaPosts: 431Registered Users Major grins

    It took me a while to pick my three, but here they are:

    1. Diana's Baths, White Mountains, New Hampshire

    2. Bemis Brook Falls, White Mountains, New Hampshire

    3. Top of Sabbaday Falls, White Mountains, New Hampshire

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 4,742Registered Users Major grins

    @bfluegie : Diana's Baths is beautiful! I love the colours and composition!

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,691Registered Users Major grins

    Silk and Ice is so unusual

    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaPosts: 431Registered Users Major grins

    @pegelli : Thank you. I went to the area a little after peak color. The yellow and orange leaves were still around but the crowds weren't which made photography easier. I was told that on a sunny summer day the water here will be filled with swimmers. The day was a bit overcast and misty which helped with the saturation. But my photos with sky were pretty boring. This is my favorite from that day.

    I like the way the water flows over the ice in your "Silk and Ice".

  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasPosts: 1,590Registered Users Major grins

    I have a few from this summer in North Carolina, actually the first time I tried longer exposure on flowing water. :)
    1 Pigeon River

    2 Looking Glass Falls

    3 Purchase Knob hike

    A photograph is an artistic expression of life, captured one moment at a time . . .
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,184Registered Users Major grins

    After a search I found three that somewhat qualify.

    1) Kursunulu Falls, Turkey

    2) Lichtensteinklamm, Austria

    3) My favorite fountain in Bordeaux, France

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,002Registered Users Major grins

    OK folks, this mini is closed. I'll post the results later today. Thank you all for your great submissions.

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