You may have realized that recently I’ve been playing with long exposures. Now that generally means one of two things: clouds, or running water. When I took this photo the sky was not particularly interesting, so water it had to be. I had been to Winkworth arboretum several times before, but every time I go I still find somewhere new to explore and something new to shoot. This photo is of the brook starting at Rowe’s Flash; there is something about the sound of running water that just feels so peaceful and reassuring. It must trigger something deep in our genetic memory.
To take this photo I set up the tripod at the edge of the water and composed. I used a small aperture to keep everything in focus, set up the filters, and tried a few exposures. While I was taking the photo, a few rather excited kids came running around in the mud, and seemed to be having a good time. I’m sure they didn’t realise they were stepping into the frame – I guess the idea that a photo is a short frozen moment is so ingrained in the popular psyche that it would just not occur that an exposure could take several minutes. I was not fussed. Worst case I could take the photo again. Most likely the quick movements would just not show up.
Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, as always.