Taking Long Exposures of Waterfalls with a Point and Shoot

We were off to Wales last June, the land of waterfalls, and I wanted to try some really long exposures on my quasi-adjustable point-and-shoot camera.

But when I was out practicing I found that even with my ISO set to the lowest it would go (80) and my aperture set to the smallest it would go (8 ), the longest exposure I could manage was 1/25 of a second. And this camera is so quick I can actually hand-hold for that time.

Of course it was sunny and bright the whole two weeks we were in Wales which makes it even more difficult to get a long exposure. I had to face it – those really cool daytime loooong exposures need a better camera than I had.

But all my experimenting did result in some motion blur, especially if I focused on the areas in shadow. And I quite prefer these shots to the standard frozen motion shots.

Here is Furnace Falls in Wales with a standard exposure that freezes motion.
Furnace Falls in Wales using standard exposure The same falls blurred by using longer exposure, 1/25 sec, the best I could do with a point and shoot camera on a sunny day.Furnace Falls in Wales blurred by using longer exposure Swallow Falls in Wales, focussing on a darker area of the falls.
Swallow Falls in Wales, trying out motion blur on my Canon Point and Shoot

I carried that experience home and tried with some of our more home-grown waterfalls.

Two tiny waterfalls at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver, BC
Two tiny waterfalls at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver, BC Shannon Falls on the Sea to Sky Highway just out of Squamish, BC.
Shannon Falls on the Sea to Sky Highway just out of Squamish, BC Latourell Falls on Historic Hwy 30 in Oregon in late October, after some rain on a cloudy day. The darker it is the more you can slow down the exposure.
Latourell Falls on Historic Hwy 30 in Oregon More of Jennifer Nichole-Wells One Word Photo Challenge: Exposure.

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3 responses to “Taking Long Exposures of Waterfalls with a Point and Shoot

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