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Paintbrush, Mill Creek, Eastern Sierra

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 19 August 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Blurring water one of the most misunderstood photographic techniques, frequently maligned for being cliché or "unnatural," and often attempted a the wrong time. If you understand the factors necessary, you'll see that blurring water is not difficult and no less natural than any other rendering of moving water. I share my thoughts on it here.

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Nik from Bude, United Kingdom

That's great. Lovely backdrop.

19 Aug 2011 5:39am

Florence from Paris, France

Gorgeous DOF, almost hard to distinct if we are looking at a cloudy sky or to the sea. It's really nice and appealling.

19 Aug 2011 9:35am

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

A mist off the mountain and the color of the paintbrush....very nice :)

19 Aug 2011 12:21pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I totally agree, Gary - will need to read your full text later tonight from home, as my work internet gestapo crew will not allow certain blog links -. I love this wonderully blurred water especially here. The Paintbrush has just a beautiful tinge of light on the right - just clear, sharp and perfect! I hope you won't mind when I tell you that your water images, such as this, have always been my inspiration when I do any shot involving or including water....I can think back on so many of your pieces whether they include water or not, and still picture them in my mind....Just Fantastic sir!

19 Aug 2011 12:48pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny. (And it's kind of cool to think that I've been targeted by the Gestapo.)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I didn't find Paintbrush standing very still the few chances I had to capture them, so for this spot focus on the farthest blossom to be so sharp is incredible. I like the depth you have created with the foreground blossoms close and the water, of course, whizzing by. This is beautiful!

19 Aug 2011 1:14pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Lovely! I'll read your article as I'm just getting into finding out about ND filters for such a purpose; I use a Nikon D80. ^)^

19 Aug 2011 1:41pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Magnifique! 5*

19 Aug 2011 4:31pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Really lovely image, and I've been enjoying your blog posts as well. I just experimented with long exposure water shots for the first time on a recent trip to Iceland. Like this one.

19 Aug 2011 5:09pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the blurry water makes a perfect background here! it focus the sharpness and attention on the paintbrush and help to remove distraction from around it!

21 Aug 2011 1:52pm

fabien from Toulouse, France

Très jolie opposition entre le mouvement et l'immobilité

23 Aug 2011 1:06pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot I like this flower with this background

24 Aug 2011 9:06pm

alex centrella from California, United States

well done ..

28 Aug 2011 1:13pm