It’s summertime and it’s darn hot here in the Yakima Valley. And when it’s hot that usually spawns lots of water-related photos. It may be water from a fire hose at a brush fire, water from a sprinkler or kids playing in the water.
Water can be a dramatic element in a photo or just another part of the picture, depending upon how you make the photo.
One way to make water stand out in a photo is to photograph the water against a dark background.
Here’s an example in which the water in a photo doesn’t stand out so much because the water is photographed against a lighter background:
Water appears even more dramatic when it’s photographed against and dark background and it is back lit by the sun or an artificial light source.
Obviously, you can’t always control the lighting or backgrounds of your photos but if you’re aware of the effects of light and background on water you’ll be able to use them to your best advantage when you have the chance.