11.01.2014 Atherton Brook Sigmoid

I did go looking for Egg Rock this morning.  If it is still there, somewhere, I did not see it although I did notice one rock that may be the one but I am not sure.  But one of the really nice features of Atherton Brook are all the different interesting cascades.

Initially, this pile of rocks attracted my attention for their arrangement, shine and color.


But as I stepped back and looked for a vertical composition, I noticed the ‘S’-curve that was created by the water’s movement and how it became accentuated during a longish exposure.   This was also during the few brief moments that a little sun and blue sky showed up.  It didn’t last long, but it was enough to add a little additional warmth to the scene.

Atherton-Brook-'S'-110114-700WebI’ve a few more images from the hike along this brook that will show up soon.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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29 Responses to 11.01.2014 Atherton Brook Sigmoid

  1. Lottie Nevin says:

    Wow wow wow! These are great – it’s virtually like standing in the brook. Gorgeous clarity and colour. I love the shine on the rock, beautiful. 😀


  2. That second one is a real winner. Such nice composition. Tell me … what shutter speed is giving you that sense of movement without making cotton candy? I’m totally envious … all I got to do today was mow the lawn, go the feed stores, do two sets of chores, and dig a big hole. Total overcast and a biting wind. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get out with the D600? D


    • Sorry for the typos … I wish WP allowed edits to be made AFTER pushing ‘reply.’ D


    • Thanks, David. Here’s the techs: f/16@1.6 sec, ISO 400, 70-200+CP. At ISO 100, I was getting times in the 10-15sec range and the flow was silky.
      No outdoor work here today. Drizzle and breezy all afternoon. I did our final mowing this past week. There is still some brush cutting to do before we have a large tree taken down and I have to get the snowblower ready for the inevitable. I have a hydraulic splitter that will get drained of gas and stored in our shed and then just a few bits of garden to clean up. There are rumors floating around of snow showers overnight but I think they are more likely in the Berkshires than here in the valley.
      I hope you and your Nikon friends get out tomorrow.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Your remark about feeling like a kid in a candy store reinforced the memory of true (i.e., old-fashioned) rock candy that these stones evoked.

    Beyond that, I remember pulling beautiful rocks from mountain streams in Colorado during family vacations, and being chagrined that much of that beauty and shine disappeared when they dried out. My dad got a bit of a lecture from my mom when he told me the best way to make them shine again was to lick them. Your photos of the stream licking the rocks are much more dramatic.


    • Thanks for reminding me of rock candy, Linda. I remember making my own with a string hung from a stick over a jar of sugar water. Not as rock hard as the factory manufactured stuff, but good and unhealthy just the same.

      I still collect rocks that look much better wet and they are sitting atop my computer desk. I am very happy that I was not drinking anything when I read your father’s advice.


  4. Phil Lanoue says:

    These are outstanding.Good eye to spot this scene and great job capturing these images.


  5. Just Rod says:

    The second one is a real beaut! The feel f the water is quite different this time. Thanks for sharing the tech-notes.
    Your photos seem to reflect your joyful mood. Hope the snow stays away for a while.


  6. Beautiful rocks, beautiful color, and beautiful blurred swirling water making its way around the rock.


  7. As someone whose initials are S.S., I wholeheartedly sympathize with your playing up the S-curve in this current. As in a previous picture of yours, the water looks like it’s made up of long strands of fine hair.


  8. Andrew says:

    The portrait frame works really well, Steve. The lower (?) angle in the upper shot is appealing too. Hard to choose. Nice work, sir.


    • Thanks, Andrew. This was one of those cases where the image was literally at my feet. I had to step back and almost was in the deep pool to the side. I had a nice seat though on a boulder which was the equivalent of my back against a wall.


  9. Jim in IA says:

    The vertical composition tells the story best for me. It would be a nice addition frames on a wall. I could sit and study it as I relaxed.


  10. Lyle Krahn says:

    You proved again the potential beauty of rocks and water.


  11. Indeed, there certainly is beauty in water going over rock. Like you, I tend to gravitate to S curves~ very satisfying 🙂


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