A few weeks ago, while photographing in Zion National Park, two issues came into play in making this photograph. Shutter speed and wind. First, in order to show the “lines” of flow in water, I like a slow shutter speed (and love the digital preview to check it). And second, wind blowing the secondary subjects can mean that the photographer must be patient and wait for the best moment to press the shutter.
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” Ansel Adams
You can see by this image that the wind was blowing the trees on the other side of the river. I like how the water flowed over the rocks and the feeling of action in these images, but prefer the bottom image because it captured the leaves and branches as well as the flow of the water.
There were about 12 other photographers working this subject along with me. We enjoyed each others’ company and chatted while waiting for the wind to calm down. I set my camera up, locked on the cable release, and enjoyed the moments of wind, and then the moments of quiet. The shutter speed I chose, after a few trial images, is 1/8 of a second, and I chose f25 for deep depth of field; to capture detail across the Virgin River. While there, many people stopped, took a quick photo, and left.