Water - Playing With Light and Water

by Amy Rhodes

It's time for our blog circle again.  I love this months theme.  Who doesn't love water in the summer?  Today I wanted to give you 4 different ways you can play with light while you are photographing your summer vacations at the beach this year.

1.  Look for that magical light - The ocean is beautiful, but when the light shines just right its downright gorgeous!  Don't be afraid to shoot into the sunset. My son LOVES the beach and it doesn't matter one bit that this water was freezing cold.  It couldn't stop him!  I love the way the light hits his red hair and highlights it.  I also love how the water droplets are frozen.  if you want to freeze water motion, make sure your shutter speed is high.  The high shutter speed will also help with the bright sunlight.  For this picture my ISO was set to 200 because of the bright sunlight, but my shutter speed was also 1/1250.

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2.  Be a rule breaker!!!  Let them look at the bright light (if they can handle it)!  Usually when you take a picture you don't want the subject looking directly at the sun.  This picture was not planned.  I was walking on the beach with my daughter and I loved the way her hair was fighting to get out of her braid and blow in the wind!   Even though her face is bright it doesn't matter one bit to me!  Capturing the way her copper hair was shining in the sunshine was worth breaking the rules! 

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3.  Look for the reflections.  My daughter loves to play in the sand, but she doesn't like to sit in it.  She spent 75% of her time on the beach in this position.  I loved how when she was in this position her reflection appeared in the glossy sand.  Next time you are on the beach with your family, look for the reflections!

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4.  Look for silhouettes.  Silhouettes are my favorite type of picture.  I have them hanging all over my walls and I capture them whenever we go on vacation.  To get a silhouette you will need to expose your camera on the brightest part of the picture.  For this one I exposed on the sky.  When it is exposed properly your subject will appear as a shadow, or black.   

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I can't wait to see how all the other teachers interpreted this theme. Head on over to Tina Leann Photography to continue the circle.  She is a fantastic photographer from Wisconsin who has the best accent ever if you ask me!  I wish you could hear her talk, you'll just have to settle with seeing her amazing pictures.