With the world of landscape photography seemingly obsessed with lengthening exposures at all costs, I have noticed that lately many of my shutter speeds seem to be going in the opposite direction. Perhaps it is a conscious effort on my part to buck the trend, or maybe it’s a case of been there done that. As a frequent ‘long exposer’ myself, I often have to stop and think about the effects of shutter speed on movement, mood and the overall result I want to achieve. Beyond the fact that everyone (myself included) finds windswept clouds and glassy water look ‘cool’, I think it is important not to allow these effects to become habit. One thing is for sure – if current trends continue, these effects will soon become the realm of gimmickry.