04.21.2019 Atherton Brook Waterfall Closeup 1

So today I decided to challenge myself with a favorite hike along a brook that feeds the Quabbin Reservoir and eventually quenches the thirst of Boston and surrounds. The hikes on the west side of the watershed are mostly all downhill which means an uphill trek on the way out.  So far, no coronary as a result but it was quite tiring.  I need to do this more often, I think.

We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately, not as much as the middle of the U.S. but a lot just the same.  I figured the water would be running wild and it was.  Possibly too much water for photography and getting this much detail required an ISO of 800.

As last year’s leaves break down, there are a lot of tannins leaching into the water.  I considered desaturating them, or converting to B&W, but for now am staying with what it was.

I spent a few hours walking along the brook so you can expect a few more images from today as the week passes.


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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10 Responses to 04.21.2019 Atherton Brook Waterfall Closeup 1

  1. I’m glad you kept the brown. For me, that’s what distinguishes this picture from others.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    Well, I don’t know if Paul Simon got it right in “Kodachrome” when he sang that “everything looks worse in black and white,” but I think in this case it would be true. I really like the gradations in color, and I like the water as a reminder of all the background processes that are going on in nature, all the time.

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    • In most cases I prefer keeping the color, but there are occasions when either there is very little or is a distraction that converting to monochrome is a plus to emphasize the design or pattern. I know a few photographers who share a single image done both ways regularly. I figure it should be one or the other.


  3. I tend not to like brown in connection with water, but this photo and the comments above have convinced me otherwise. Thanks for opening my eyes.

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    • This water is on its way to the Boston metro area as well as a few local communities and some along the way as drinking water. I would be with you when it comes to drinking it or bathing. Dean Brook that I photograph often also tends to carry a lot of tannins and shows brown and that is part of our town’s water supply. Chlorination makes it a bit healthier…for most folks.
      But, as far as appearance, once over the squeamies it adds some attractiveness, I think.


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