10 Wood­land streams

Digital SLR Photography - - Autumn -

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.

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