My plan is to focus as tightly as I can on the water, leaving out much of the context of the shot. I take a couple of test shots, as I always do, before changing the settings to multiple exposure. It is always a bit of trial and error with multiple exposures changing a great deal depending on the light conditions and the subject, and whether it moves or not. In this case I have a very fast moving subject! The water is flowing very fast and spilling over the black rocks of the Cuillin.
As I work in one location I am often scouting for others between shots. The waterfalls are down below the path and so I weave my way over the boulders to get a lower vantage point. As was the case on my last shoot, the angles are tricky and it is often difficult to get a good line of sight, or scramble down to the level of the fast-flowing water.
I feel happy with my camera and the work I am doing today, although technically the multiple exposure choice is quite demanding. However, the more of this work I do, the more intuitive it becomes, and it no longer feels it impedes the ‘flow’ of my work. As I leave the waterfalls for today I feel more positive about what I have captured but it is only when the images are viewed on the computer screen that I can see the depth and luminosity I have achieved.
For me The Shape of Water 46 works best and I think the images entirely focused on the moving water have some potential. I plan to return to the same venue tomorrow, when I hope to have a sunnier day – brighter light and some sparkling highlights will, I hope, provide me with the added depth and luminosity that are lacking in today’s shots.