When to Go: This is a milky way location. Go during a new moon if you can, but otherwise, it is still an incredibly dynamic place to do photography even without it. It is a major tourist destination, so the weekdays and off-season are the best time to go. It gets brutally cold here in the winter so keep that in mind also.
Shutter Priority – If you have moving subjects such as the birds flying or boats moving during your daytime shoot you will want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure they come out clear. When boats are slowly going by shoot at 1/250th of a second and adjust your ISO accordingly. If they are moving very fast increase your shutter speed to about 1/500th of a second. If it’s a bright sunny day go as high as 1/1000th to 1/1200th of a second to get the birds crystal clear as they fly by.
Manual Mode – You have moving waters here. You can do your long exposure running, milky water shots like our picture above. You will have to use a tripod for this effect. All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. Aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also prevent camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You will want at least a 2-second exposure for water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. That does not give you a good effect. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. I have a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine.
Read more on our Photography Techniques Page. You can go to our waterfall photography section to learn how to shoot any moving waters. You can also go to our Basic Photography section if you need a more detailed explanation of shutter speed or aperture priority modes when doing your day time photos.
Go here to see how to shoot night photography.
If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you can buy one here. We highly suggest you do not go anywhere without one. It makes all the difference between lifeless images and outstanding, dynamic images.