Water lends life to any photo, they
say. There's enough water on other photos in my galleries, but still I
wanted to point out two important properties of water in photos:
Most people think that the blue color
in water comes from reflected skylight. To a great extent this is true,
in most situations. However water in itself is not totally clear, but slightly
blue, and some bodies of water have their distinct own color, caused by
certain substances in it. It can be greenish from algae, brown from silt,
red from oxides...
This terminal lake is furiously blue,
despite the overcast gray sky, thanks to vast amounts of copper salts dissolved
in it. The white deposits at the shores are from the same salts, only that
the air is so dry here at 4500 meter altitude, that the salts appear as
white powder rather than blue crystals!
The best way to express the life in
water is by letting it flow in the picture. Don't be afraid of long shutter
times when photographing moving water!
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