Tip #12. The color of water

Tip #12. The color of water

Water is always blue, right? Nope. I’ve seen water change different colors as the sun sets or rises. The color changes when the sun is hidden behind clouds and then is not. This image was photographed at the Saylorville Spillway just before sunset. In a matter of minutes, the water turned from an uninviting, cold gray to this golden hue. At first, I thought it was the reflection of the fall foliage on the water, but I now believe it was simply the reflection of the sunset on the water. I had my back to the sunset in this photo and wasn’t aware of the color of the sky of the setting son. The afternoon this was taken, I was practicing taking pelican flight shots, working on my panning and shutter speed. The water was only this color for about five minutes, and luckily the pelicans were still flying. This is another great example of the beautiful lighting you can get after sunrise and before sunset (the golden hours). DSM magazine gave this image an entire page a few years ago.