Gear: Bring your tripod and your circular polarizing filter. The circular polarizing filter will make your white puffy clouds burst and deepen the blue around them. It will also take the glare off of the water and replace it with reflection. Bring your tripod if there is not a lot of light to work with to get your depth of field when desired. Don’t forget your neutral density filter; there is moving water here at the mill.
Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.
There is a running water spot here by the Mill, where you will want to do a long exposure to get the milky water effect.
Manual Mode: To do your long exposure running, milky water shots, you will have to use a tripod. 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 or the highest f-number your camera allows. 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 and avoid any camera movement or use your shutter release or 2-second timer. You want at least a 5-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. I have a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine. More all about waterfall photography here.