Silky smooth

A long exposure of flowing water and stones in a mountain river in the Swiss Jura

Silky smooth
April 17, 2012 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
A long exposure photograph of flowing water and stones in a mountain river rapid (Johan Peijnenburg)
36mm – f/11 – 126sec – ISO100 – Nikon D3x with 24-70 f/2.8

A few weeks ago I was doing a hike in the Val d’Areuse near Boudry in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel, home of the Gorges de l’Areuse. The Gorges de l’Areuse is a narrow gorge through the limestones of the Jura, shaped by the Areuse river. One of the things I was after, was long exposures of the flowing water and nature’s details in it.

It is always a bit hard to predict how a long exposure image of a mountain river rapid will look. I tend to be on the look-out for stones or wood with a bit of character or a special color. In addition I tend to look for light patches that can give a long exposure image a special look and feel. I think that in this case I found a nice combination. Hope you like this impression of a mountain river rapid!

I combined a Lee 10-stop and a Lee 3-stop ND filter to achieve a 126 second exposure at f/11.