The Motions of Water

I have lots of random errands to run today (family to see, beard-trimmer to buy) so let me leave you with what is probably my favorite photograph of water that I took on my trip to the wilderness of North Carolina. Taken without a tri-pod (but really wishing I had one), I love the colors and lighting in this photograph. Photography lesson learned: always carry a tri-pod; at least a mini one. It is worth the extra weight.


Author: Nathan Bush Wedding Photography

My name is Nathan Bush and I am a loving husband, an avid world traveler, an adventurer, and an off-road and Jeep enthusiast. I began my serious journey into photography in the mountains of Patagonia Argentina where I fell in love with the wilderness world. My passion has taken me to Iceland, Alaska, Peru, Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, and countless National Parks.  A good friend once told me I should combine my knack for beautiful landscape photography with capturing the details of their wedding, so I decided to dive right into the challenge. It has been quite a ride from there, and thus today, my passion for photography has evolved to capturing the raw candid emotion and intimate moments involved in wedding photography.

20 thoughts on “The Motions of Water”

  1. Thanks for sharing this nice image. The only thing I see is there are some overblown highlights in the water on the left side and on the rocks where the water is flowing over. Difficult to control on a sunny day.

    1. Hey Rick,

      Thanks for your constructive criticism. I love getting tips/tricks/advice from professionals like yourself. I’d love it if you returned here to comment some more as I continue to upload photographs and attempt to better my photography.
      Thanks again,

  2. Very nicely done — especially for no tripod! I would think it would be nearly impossible to have no overblown highlights with a slow shutter speed on a sunny day…

    1. Hey Katie! Thanks, yah I’ve realized that my camera’s LCD makes photographs look more stunning and perfect than they ectualluy are. I think this one came out pretty good, but I had others that looked sharp on the LCD but on my computer they are actually blurry, certainly because of the no tripod catastrophe. Oh well, next time I’ll bring one for sure!

    1. Hey Readytochangenow, thanks for the compliment! It is incredibly fun to shoot and is some of my favorite types of photographs. Goood luck on your project with it!


  3. Good job on the long exposure of the water without a tripod, sometimes all it takes is a rock or a bean bag and that’s easier to carry around than a tripod if you’re looking for close-to-the-ground shots.
    I do agree with one of the readers that the highlight on the left side is distracting. A little trick I use, when I expect one side to be more exposed than the other on a long exposure is to cover the overexposed side of the lens with something (like a small piece of cardboard) for a little while so to balance the end result. It requires a bit of practice but after a while you’ll be able to get great results without carrying extra gear around (I used my sweatshirt once to shoot the sunrise in the Grand Canyon with star trails without overexposing the sky).

    1. Wow, I bet you can’t find that tip in any instructional book. Sounds like it must have taken a long time to master. Thanks for the advice!
      – Nate

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