07.03.2019 Wordless Waterfall Wednesday

Okay, just a couple of words.  This is an image from last August that I hadn’t processed until the other day. I liked the water’s movement into the frame.

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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23 Responses to 07.03.2019 Wordless Waterfall Wednesday

  1. I can see why the patterns of the water’s movement here would have appealed to you.

    As you know, I’m inclined to use fast shutter speeds for waterfalls. Sometimes I set the camera to continuous rapid shutter mode and have noticed how different the splashing water can look from one split-second to the next. That made me wonder what you observe in pictures taken a split-second apart with a slow shutter speed. Does the long exposure average out the differences and result in consecutive frames that look pretty similar, or even with a long exposure do enough differences come through to make fraction-of-a-second-apart frames distinctive?

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    • Taking several exposures yields different images, sometimes for the better others not so much. Aside from the water itself hopping around to give multiple looks and texture, one cannot always predict the appearance prior to reviewing. Speed of the water’s flow and strength of light both determine what the better exposure time will be. And, sometimes one wants a softer look to the water and at other times a harder appearance to express the water’s power differently. I don’t really have a set look I am after but assess after the first click to see which direction I wish to go.So to answer your questions directly, consecutive frames can look different sometimes more subtle than others and yes, at times they can be very distinctive. Next time I do a waterfall or cascade shoot I’ll process a few as examples.


  2. Beautiful composition. To answer Steve S, I have done multiple long exposures in rapid sequence and they really do turn out to be quite different.

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  3. The water flows seem much more complex than in the usual waterfall shots, they’re going every which-way, pretty neat.

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    • The layout of the cascades that make up the waterfall really create a lot of turbulence which helps to direct the different flows. I have my reasons (memories of Murphy) for liking this spot a lot but the many angles are a big reason as well as how it always has something to offer whatever the current flow may be. Glad that you like it, Robert.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Definitely a keeper. I agree with you about the water movement into the frame, really nice. You picked a great spot to frame the shot. The lit up greens in the background add a very nice counter point to the falls. That, and the great rock ledge on the right. I also enjoy doing what Steve and Michael mention, creating multiple images in succession, whether shooting with fast or slow shutter speeds. It’s fun seeing the differences between frames.

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    • Yes, and sometimes it is difficult picking which is your favorite amongst them all. The green background does add so much to the appeal of this spot but even the lack of green in the winter doesn’t diminish the pleasure of being here and making an image or two. Thanks, Todd.


    • Also, I forgot to say thanks for noticing the ledge. I tried to make good use of that in composing the image.


  5. bluebrightly says:

    I like the way the water fans out too, Steve. And you generated a good discussion – I too have taken multiple waterfall or moving water shots and it’s always interesting to see the differences among them.

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    • I’ve seen a few sites where the photographer recommends a specific exposure for moving water. I don’t understand how there can be one constant when there are so many variables to water photography. One great thing about digital shooting is we can experiment at no cost and make several to choose from. One can still “get it right in the camera” while experimenting to your heart’s content. Just to be clear…I get it as right as possible in the camera then get it righter in post. 🙂 Glad that you enjoyed the image, Lynn. It’s one of my favorites of the location.

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  6. Ms. Liz says:

    The long stretch of flowing water is gorgeous.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    The differences in the apparent ‘thicknesses’ of the water are interesting. There’s a solidity to it up the creek, and yet it seems especially light, almost ethereal, as it spreads out at the bottom of the frame. It’s an appealing photo.

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    • In a way, when the water spreads like that it reminds me of a wedding dress train. Having said that it sounds familiar and I wonder if we have had this conversation once prior. I like your description of the water having thickness. Another way to express depth.


      • shoreacres says:

        There was quite a discussion on one of your posts about some falls’ resemblance to a bridal veil. I remember Rob, Gallivanta, Steve, and others being involved. I don’t have time to search out the post right now, but I think I remember us talking about the kinds of material used for veils, too. Your sense of familiarity’s well-placed.

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      • I’ve got yardwork waiting and our third 90+ day developing so not much time for an in depth search either. I did try bridal veil but came up empty. I’ll find it eventually.
        Ha! My memory is usually a source for disappointment. It’s nice once in a while for it to not fail me. 🙂


  8. tomwhelan says:

    Handsome image, appealing flow lines. I like long exposures and smooth flows, but I try different lengths, usually by changing ISO, to find a look I like best.

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    • That is just what I do also, Tom. It is often hard to judge on the camera’s LCD screen which will be the better until actually processing and controlling the whites with varying contrast adjustments. Thanks.


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