Speed it up: Capturing waterfalls with faster shutter speeds can lead to stunning results


posted Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT


We're used to seeing long-exposure waterfall images, but a 500px collection published by Editor in Chief DL Cade makes a convincing statement that not every waterfall image has to be captured using a long exposure. You can capture amazing waterfall images that freeze time. Many of the images in the collection reflect the sheer power of water that can be lost when water is smoothed using a slow shutter speed.

Not that there is anything wrong with long exposure waterfall images, of course, but it is refreshing to see such a beautiful and oft-photographed subject rendered in a different way with equally stunning results.

Take for instance the image above by Felix Röser that was captured at a shutter speed of 1/160s. Or the image below by Ed Norton that was captured at 1/1600s.

To see more gorgeous waterfall images taken at faster shutter speeds that we're used to seeing, check out the full collection!

(Seen via 500px. Index image captured by Daniel Reuber.)