Thanks for linking to the bigger image. The crop has reduced the overall color of the image. If your using LR the spot removal tool could "paint" the branch out of the image, (as an option).Thanks Duke.
I cropped out the top branch.https://jrshermanphotography.smugmug.com/Maine-Landscapes/i-s6nKpsT/A
ISO was 800, F2, 1/30. I think. It was still pretty dark.
Let me know if the link works.
Yes, and like Mike said in his post, that is exactly what happens. The longer the exposure, the smother the water will appear.John, I do love the colors in the photo. Not having that top branch there does seem to be less distracting but the byproduct is less sky to view and thus less color. I have at times used branches to "frame" a photo but on something like this you would want all that color to be uninterrupted if possible.
Question for Duke: if John were to use a tripod and go for a longer exposure would the resulting image show a smoother body of water?
The large aperture sure helps in low light that's why I love my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens on my Sony DSLR. I've taken some good candid shots inside restaurants and such with groups using available light that turned out well.
Ran into this article this evening and thought of this thread and what was talked about. Granted this is a British publication but still applies.Faster iso keeps the wave forms clear. Slower shutter could blur the ripples. And that adds to the calm.