10 Woodland streams
The UK is blessed with woodland, a type of location boasting photo opportunities all year round, although the colours of autumn bring additional visual interest. A popular image shows woodland streams and rivers cascading around boulders on which fallen autumn leaves can provide strong foreground interest. The use of a slow shutter speed blurs the water’s movement and this combination of static elements and movement creates very appealing results. Most professionals decide on the composition and then establish the exposure, often carefully positioning leaves in the foreground. Set up your camera on a tripod, use aperture- priority mode and select a mid to small f/ stop ( f/ 11- 16) for extensive depth- of- field and to create slow shutter speeds to blur the moving water. Use hyperfocal distancing to ensure leaves to background are in focus. A wide- angle lens will include the whole scene and emphasise the foreground – the NIKKOR AF- S 16- 35mm f/ 4G VR is an ideal choice.