Continuing my theme of long exposure images of water, I thought I would break up the week by posting one that’s in black and white.

I love hiking trails that follow rivers and lead to waterfalls. Though the ones on this trip were all short and easy hikes, it’s lovely to be able to stop at an interesting spot and take a nice long exposure, allowing you to rest, cool off and just admire the beauty and tranquility that the scene has to offer.

This is especially so if hiking up the side of a mountain and finally reaching a pinnacle waterfall you were aiming for, mission accomplished.

Of course, it doesn’t help that you then have to walk all the way back down again. So many times I have thought to myself ‘this is a nice scene, I’ll be sure to stop here on my way back’ and I never do.

If something looks nice, shoot it. Don’t assume you’ll get the chance or the inspiration to do so at a later date. Sure, you may need to change lenses and that’s hassle – but just go ahead and grab that shot while your gut is telling you to do so, otherwise there is a good chance you won’t bother.

I did the same while hiking on this trail. On the way back I switched lenses in preparation, but put my camera back in my backpack and never bothered to take it out. One spot I had in mind I didn’t actually see on the way down, so I guess it was only approaching it from one side that made it stand out, and in another spot a few hikers were sat in the area I wanted to be, and I couldn’t be bothered waiting for them to leave.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 30s