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Bert’s Beauty Shots: Creating Mystical Effects


One of the things I like about Alaska is the mystical atmosphere in some of the areas. Especially the rain forests in Alaska are a great opportunity to create a mystical, almost dramatic atmosphere, which reminds one of the ancient Celtic times.

You can enhance the dramatic atmosphere by adjusting your shutter speed to a very slow setting when taking pictures of running water. The slower your shutter speed, the more you can let the water move in your image. If you use a fast shutter speed, the water would “freeze” in your image, and in this case it wouldn’t do the photo any good, as you want to create that dreamy idea.




One thing to keep in mind is that you need a tripod when shooting with a slow shutter speed. If you don’t use a tripod, you’ll most likely end up with blur in your photo for the simple fact that your shutter stays open longer and thus the sensor picks up a lot of information, including movement of the camera. Unfortunately I didn’t have a tripod with me, as I didn’t expect to end up in a forest when I took these shots, hence the images are a little blurred … yes I know, I should always carry a tripod … point taken … I promise I’ll carry it wherever I go next time.

Bert van Mackelenbergh is the hotel manager aboard Westerdam.

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