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Oceans, Lakes, Rivers and Ponds: Working with Water at Night (CC)

A talk by Chris Nicholson
Partner, Instructor, National Parks at Night

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Water is an excellent photography subject and compositional element, for many reasons. Due to its necessity for life, seeing water is often psychologically comforting, and thus is often a peaceful element to a photograph. Water can also be incredibly dynamic in a composition, whether blurred for creative effect or used to reflect objects in a glassy surface. And the shoreline edges of water can serve as powerful leading lines and separators of content in a scene.

And, of course, all of this is magnified at night.

However, that doesn’t mean that working with and around water is always a straight-forward task.

In this presentation, National Parks at Night’s Chris Nicholson will explore the challenges of photographing oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds for night photography, as well as all the benefits of doing so.

He’ll discuss gear considerations, best practices for reflections, safety, how tides can affect a scene, working with waves and more.

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Chris Nicholson

Photographer. Educator. Author, Photographing National Parks. Partner at National Parks at Night. Proud daddy.

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