'Kilchurn' by Wojciech Kruczynski
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.“
(Loren Eiseley, American Anthropologist)
Water is all around us, yet we often do not appreciate the wealth of photographic opportunities that it represents.
When we do think about it, though, we immediately recognise the possibilities in landscapes featuring rivers, waterfalls and dams, as well as seascapes, birdlife and watersports.
If we dig a little deeper, we may unearth endless opportunities in the smaller things, like raindrops or dew on flowers, oil globules on water, splashes of all kinds, reflections, frost and snowflakes.
On a larger scale water features in photographs of agricultural themes, representing everything we eat or drink – even some of the clothes that we wear. Possibly the largest user of water worldwide is industry, with enormous graphic potential. Then there is medicine, hygiene, health and safety, where water features enormously.
Whichever field we choose to feature subjects containing water, we need to bear in mind that water is glossy and reflects quite brightly. Reflections properly handled can be great compositional elements, but we need to be careful of the glare and washed out areas in the final photograph - polarising filters can be quite useful in these instances. On the other hand, the brightness of the scene can fool the camera’s auto exposure mechanism, so it may sometimes be necessary to override the exposure setting to avoid underexposure.
When photographing moving water, as in waterfalls, waves or splashes, we need to decide whether to freeze the action with a fast shutter speed or to smooth the water out, suggesting movement, by using a slower shutter speed, often in tandem with a Neutral Density filter to enable longer exposures.
In conclusion, I invite you to enjoy the following selection of images presented by 1X.com photographers celebrating the magic of water.
'Sunbeam III' by Marek Biegalski EFIAP
'Bruges in Christmas dress' by Yvette Depaepe
'purple sunset' by Anna Cseresnjes
'The power of calm.' by Slawomir Kowalczyk
'Winter Song' by Sebestyen Bela
'Spa Pool, Hamersley Gorge' by Ignacio Palacios
'autumn reflection' by Udo Dittmann
'Storm in San Francisco Bay' by Michael Delman
'fishing' by Evgeny Loza
'Playing with splash' by Angela Muliani Hartojo
'Goodbye My Lover' by Ismail raja sulbar
'Move Over....' by Paul Keates
'Washing hair' by Adam Wong
'Nature Study' by Bragi Ingibergsson -BRIN
'old harburg bridge' by Alexander Schönberg
'Surfer' by Assaf Gavra
'laundry' by asit
'Hidden Saphire' by Ganjar Rahayu
'Balance' by Tobias Bräuning
'way to the sky' by Ahmad Baihaki
'kingfisher' by Alberto Ghizzi Panizza
'Splash' by Milan Malovrh
'Four oar' by Robert Adamec
'Arsène Lupine gentleman burglar' by Thierry Dufour
'Oil and water' by Mandy Disher
'Monochrome Mesocyclone' by Rob Darby
'Firefighters at work' by beppeverge
'Firefighter' by Sveduneac Dorin Lucian
Milan Malovrh PRO
A nice series of differences in the element of water, congratulations to the authors and editors.
Lourens Durand CREW
Thanks to all for your comments. Much appreciated!
COMPLIMENTI PER LA SCELTA, UNA BELLA COLLEZIONE DI FOTOGRAFIE
Miro Susta CREW
Inspirational introduction, wonderful photo collection.
Roland Weber PRO
Cool photos, an excellent collections which displays all sides of the water in a very nice manner. I like it.
Louise Wolbers PRO
Excellent collection, thanks a lot!!
Gloria Staffa PRO
Phil Lewenthal PRO
Excellent! I love the variety of images chosen.
These are all stunning! Congrats to all the photographers who had their photos chosen!
Fantastic collection! Beautiful!
Yanyan Gong PRO
Beautiful collection, where there is water, there is life! Thank you very much for this magazine!
Impresionante selección de imágenes!!! Felicidades!!!
Wanghan Li PRO
Excellent collection of the beautiful images. Learning.
Well said - and a stunning collection of images to illustrate the point. Bravo Lourens and congrats to all the photographers featured.
Un bellissimo articolo e scelta delle immagini veramente stupende. I miei occhi risplendono per tanta bellezza. Complimenti a tutti
Elizabeth Allen CREW
A beautiful article with a variety of stunning images.
Slawomir Kowalczyk CREW
Beautiful photos, beautiful article, thank you very much that my photo was among the chosen ones.
Thierry Dufour PRO
Splendid images, a big thank you Lourens for the selection of one of my images, best regards !!!
Jane Lyons PRO
What an extraordinary collection! Truly sublime.