Best Shutter Speeds for Moving Water
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Which is the best shutter speed depends on how you want the water to look.
1/30 makes the water look about as it looks to our eyes.
Faster speeds stop it.
Slower speeds make the moving water look more like dreamy veils.
This is all there is to it.
Here's exactly how water falling over rocks in a river look at different speeds:
Ocean waves crashing will looks like wispy white strokes with exposures of about 1/4 second:
Coastline south of La Jolla's Children's Pool.
For ocean waves, even longer exposures like a few minutes will make the water look like fog:
The Secret Coast.
In this shot, it was just waves crashing on a normal evening, and the long exposure transformed it into something quite different.
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