Water: long or short exposure?

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Quarkcharmed
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Re: Water: long or short exposure?

Bobthearch wrote:

Quarkcharmed wrote:

Bobthearch wrote:

The water in both of them is great. But I do prefer the first shot.

In the first photo, the shutter speed is such that it provides detail and a sense of action and motion. And I prefer the color.

In the second photo the water is great, a more peaceful and mysterious aura. But the color isn't as inspiring, and I think the shadows are lifted too much on some of the rocks.

Thanks for sharing that scene, wish I was there right now!

Thank you!

Yeah the second one is more gloomy and also less contrasty, the relative brightness between #1 and #2 isn't how it was in reality.

If it were me I'd revisit the second photo, darken it, and see what it looked like in black and white. Maybe emphasize the shapes and misty water over the color.

Interestingly, I try b&w on many of my shots, this one didn't work to me in b&w - the blueish palette isn't very colourful on its own. Also the layers of rocks aren't well separated in colour and there's even less separation in b&w.

If you like it's fine to edit and repost it in b&w, I should've mentioned it was fine to edit the images.

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