12.03.2017 The sum of the parts

When I go searching for cascades and waterfalls to photograph, I get especially excited to find some that are a combination of flows from a few directions.  Often, because the water is tumbling  over a variety of rocks, the textures are different making for a pleasing composition.

Dean Brook Cascade.

Whetstone Brook Waterfall.

One of the advantages of shooting woodland water features in the early morning are the slow shutter speeds which make the use of neutral density filters unnecessary to get a nice soft look.  On the other hand, one of the difficulties in shooting woodland water features in the early morning are the slow shutter speeds which make the use of higher ISO values to provide faster exposures needed to retain some detail in the flowing water, especially where it splashes at the bottom.  It really takes a bit of experimentation to find the right combination as the flows vary as well as the light.


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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9 Responses to 12.03.2017 The sum of the parts

  1. Mark says:

    Very nice! You must have endless options available to you in these areas.


  2. shoreacres says:

    I’d say you resolved those shutter speed/ISO issues very nicely, particularly in that first photo. I’m quite taken with the solid block of stone in the center, and the different sorts of flow on either side of it. The red leaves provide nice accents in both photos, and in the second, the slightly greenish cast to the largest spill of water does draw the eye.

    I’m getting braver with my experimentation lately, and it certainly is helping me understand how the various functions work together.

    Has it begun getting really cold up there, or is it still pleasant to get out? We’ve stayed warm, and occasionally foggy, but it’s been that wet-blanket fog that doesn’t really lend itself to much of anything, except people rear-ending each other on the freeways. Today we had some rain, which has been desperately needed. We just ended one of the driest Novembers on record — after all that flood water. The same thing happened after Ike. Strange.


  3. Gallivanta says:

    Your experimentation has yielded beautiful results.


  4. It is clearly an art and you are a master. I particularly like the first one, with the warm water tones of the quiet water just showing above, nicely contrasted with the cooler falling water.

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  5. These are great, really memorable. And in the first shot, I like the idea of mixing fluids with two different personalities, or as you say, textures – -sleek, silvery, and smooth, with white and almost frothy. (And it reminds me to go get a vanilla egg cream! 🙂 )


  6. Andrew says:

    Both work very well. I tried to decide if I preferred one over the other but not really. I really need to get the tripod out when we get some rain. At the moment none of the small falls has much flow.


  7. Looks like you found the right combination!


  8. The flowing water at the right in the first photograph struck me as a comb.


  9. tomwhelan says:

    I like the converging flows in the Whetstone brook image – lovely.


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