11.23.2014 Go with the Flow

A nice combination of solid and liquid, light and dark, black and white.

Icicle-and-Water-closeup-700Web180 macro+CP, f/16@.3 sec, ISO 100.

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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22 Responses to 11.23.2014 Go with the Flow

  1. Very nice, Steve. This juxtaposition of textures is intriguing.


  2. Yeah … the water looks like wire on the left … and like steel wool towards the middle. Very interesting effects to be sure. And gives lots of interest to this image. Judging from my stuff, I tend to err on the slower side of the shutter-speed-spectrum and miss out, therefore, on these nice effects. D


    • Variety is the spice of photography too, I guess. Try varying ISOs, David. The jpeg preview doesn’t give the best sense of how the water appears, but after a while you can judge what is there to work with. One exposure doesn’t always work. Sometimes it is less than a second, sometimes more.


      • BTW, that’s not to say that a nice soft silky flow isn’t nice also.


      • If one is shooting at ISO100 and has an available range of shutter speeds ranging from 1/250 all the way down to 3 seconds … what difference will a change in ISO make? You’ve already got the entire possible range of speeds you might selection in a ‘moving water’ situation. If you’re shooting at ISO400 with a range of 1/2000 all the way down to 1/2 all that shifting the ISO down will do is shift the entire shutter speed range down. I’m not sure what you are suggesting? I’ve always used ISO simply as a way of adjusting for differences in light availability … always trying to stay as low as possible while still maintaining reasonable speeds and apertures. Am I missing something?


      • If you keep your ISO constant and alter the shutter speed, then you also have to alter the aperture. I prefer to keep my aperture constant and vary the shutter speed which then requires a change in the ISO to keep everything balanced. I can go to 400 without much worry about noise which also is less of a concern when planning a conversion to Black and White.


    • I’ve just re-read this … you’re suggesting I should increase ISO to increase the shutter speed and avoid total-cotton-candy? I get it. It’s not that I don’t have faster shutter speeds available … I just tend not to use them! My own fault. I think I avoid them because I can’t stand the motion of water frozen, absolutely. I suppose I could lighten up a bit and shift from 2 and 3 and 4 seconds up a bit to fractions of a section instead. D


  3. Jim in IA says:

    I like how close the icicles are to the flowing water. How wide is the scene?


    • The closeness to the water eventually will form the golf club like accretions or other shapes if the water level stays somewhat constant. I have an older shot with the tips trailing in the water which is a neat visual.
      This is about 18-24 inches wide, Jim.


  4. Eric Todd says:

    Steve, just got back from Florida and can’t believe you’re capturing ice already:) I just love your ice photos! I will venture out soon, cold isn’t my favorite either but we must endure:)


    • We had a few coldish days in a row before hitting the 14° day on Saturday, Eric. I am not complaining about the bump up in temperature yesterday and today. It’s a little early for frostbite.
      I hope you got a lot of nice images while in Florida.


  5. Unusual photo. Very nice monochrome.


  6. Andrew says:

    An interesting composition Steve. The icicles are like teeth hanging over the water. Cool.


  7. Melissa talked about the juxtaposition of textures, which is true, but my first reaction was to the juxtaposition of the static with the dynamic. I also saw Andrew’s “teeth.”


  8. tomwhelan says:

    Pretty combination of sharp ice and flow patterns. How are things, Steve?


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