Photographing Reflections: Beyond the Mirror » 0213-8009

Reflections in the Tuolumne River. That gold color again, reflected into the water from sunlit rocks above. I used a relatively fast shutter speed – 1/60th sec. – to freeze the water's motion and preserve the texture. I also needed a small aperture (f/22) to keep everything in focus. In order to get both a fast shutter speed and small aperture I pushed the ISO up to 1600.

Reflections in the Tuolumne River. That gold color again, reflected into the water from sunlit rocks above. I used a relatively fast shutter speed – 1/60th sec. – to freeze the water’s motion and preserve the texture. I also needed a small aperture (f/22) to keep everything in focus. In order to get both a fast shutter speed and small aperture I pushed the ISO up to 1600.


6 Responses to “0213-8009”

  1. Denny Jump says:

    These yellow golds are phenomenal, Mike. I was like “WOW when I saw yor image of the reflections in the pools/lakes…Awesome stuff! I love it…

  2. Jerry Cagle says:

    Wow… a great series. When you’re shooting at 1600 do you have issues with noise…?

    • Michael Frye says:

      Thanks Jerry. Yes, there’s noise, but not that much. I find that many photographers are overly concerned with noise. They avoid using high ISOs at all costs, but in doing so end up with bigger problems than noise, and prevent themselves from getting the best image possible. Don’t get me wrong: I think you should use your native ISO (usually 100 or 200) as much as possible, and only push up the ISO when necessary. But when it’s necessary you shouldn’t hesitate. In this case, using a lower ISO would have meant either a slower shutter speed, and loss of texture in the water, or a wider aperture, and having part of the image out of focus. I’d much, much, much rather have a sharp photo with a little noise than a noise-free image that’s not sharp.

  3. Qualcosa cui non avevo mai pensato… grazie per il contributo.

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