Long Exposure Flooding

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Given the amount of rain over the last few days I decided to take the 17-40mm to a local waterfall. Using a Neutral Density Filter (ND9) I was able to set an aperture of f22 (ISO 100) and a shutter speed of anything between 5 and 20 seconds.

There was probably too much water and too many trees and branches obscuring the view. The final disadvantage was the fact the wind was causing a fair bit of movement in the trees at various stages.

I would have been happy with the above image if it wasn’t for the rather ugly storm training running along the foreground. The council clearly don’t consider the numerous photographers who visit the site.

Given the amount ambient movement I decided to place the camera behind an area sheltered from the wind. This black and white image shows just how fast the water was flowing.

This is probably my favourite of the set. Captured with an 8 second shutter speed it is still sadly marred by the ugly metal storm drain running along the left of the image.

Pointing the camera down to avoid the storm drain resulted in an interesting black and white image. Again the speed of the water is clear even with an 8 second shutter speed.

You are probably in mind for a pint of Guinness so enjoy and visit a few additional images of the location over on flickr.


David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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