The Shape of Water

by Bob Gibson
FloridaPhotoWorkshops.com and GibsonCreativeFL.com

Sunrise in the mountains of North Carolina

My favorite places on earth include water—the ocean’s edge, the bend in a shallow river, the base of a waterfall, a waterway to reflect a night cityscape.

Give me a partially submerged sandbar to stand on, or a spit of river stones to set up my tripod. If I’m touching water, I am happy. If I’m getting my feet wet while taking photos, better still!

Waterscapes make the best photos. The happiest sunrises are reflected across the sea,
the spindrift tossed by the breakers and in the wet sand that sparkles after a retreating wave.

Oxbow Bend Grand Teton National Park

The best night cityscapes are amplified across a glass smooth lake. The most engaging
mountain landscapes are cut by wandering rivers and streams. The dramatic wildlife portraits
occur in the roiling rush of water.

Airborne H2O is just as great for photography. Mist, rolling fog, low clouds, rain. Cue nature’s smoke machine!


Water is a magnet for light. It surface reflects and its transparency glows from within.

Its presence turns work to play. When it rushes across stones it hums a tune that lowers blood pressure. When it cascades into a pool,
it infuses the air with head-rushing gulps of sweetened oxygen.

North Carolina Waterfall