11.26.2019 Turbulent Tuesday-Dean Brook Plunge and Splash

After shooting yesterday’s sunrise, I drove through Shutesbury and stopped by Dean Brook.  The waterfall was wild and had too much water flowing too strongly to really capture anything different from the usual…which in itself is very nice.  So I stopped a bit upstream and looking into the woods noticed a possible composition. Once I got closer I saw the different directions water was flowing and made some overall images of the cascade.  But I haven’t yet decided if the angle I had to shoot from works because I didn’t have my boots and was restricted to the edge instead of wading in.  Maybe this weekend for a revisit.

But…I really liked the confluence of the flows and the splash at the bottom so made a few exposures of different duration.  This was my favorite of the bunch and I think is different from any other motion shot I’ve made to this point.

When I visualized this I thought it would make a nice black and white, which I still may do, but once processing I saw that there was some reflection of the sky and a bit of tannin brown which I am enjoying so kept the color.

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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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21 Responses to 11.26.2019 Turbulent Tuesday-Dean Brook Plunge and Splash

  1. My immediate reaction was that the upper part looks like a head of hair. What shutter speed did you use for this?

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  2. shoreacres says:

    For me, the variety of colors helps to emphasize the layers and forms. I especially like the splashes at the bottom. I like that their curves and the little dollops of water have a similar texture to the background flow. They remind me of a bouquet of watery flowers against a background of grasses.

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    • I always appreciate the other things you see in my images, but this is an especially enjoyable vision you describe. I had top try several exposures before I thought I had those “dollops” defined well enough for the image I had visualized. The textures in the “grass” turned out even better than I had hoped and I agree that the color helps with that definition. Thanks, Linda.

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  3. Very interesting shot! I also saw hair – – a horse’s mane. (A seahorse, I guess!)

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  4. I see hair as well. My wife and I both think this is fascinating.

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  5. dhdonnelly says:

    I have enjoyed your photos a great deal. I was living in VT and moved to Granville for 3 years but with 2 new kids and a new job I did not have the time to seek out the great places that you have. I regret it now but there is just so much time and my new family took most of it.

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    • Thanks for commenting, DH. It’s nice to hear from some of the folks who have subscribed. Family always comes first. I took a quick look at your site and you’ve had some interesting travels and captured some nice images. I hope that as the kids get older they’ll be a little more independent and you’ll be able to get back to photography but your time with them as they grow is precious.


  6. Looks like the fur of a long haired dog. I am sorry but that the best I can do. Guess I have looked at too many dogs over the years.

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  7. susurrus says:

    I saw hair too and even hints of fur. It’s a very interesting effect, almost an optical illusion.

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    • I didn’t set out to have the water resemble anything in particular, just capture some motion in an appealing way. But once on the screen I saw hair also. It’s always nice to see something besides one’s original vision.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    I like the splash at the bottom and the different directions too, but the texture starts to look very solid, more like metal than water, and though that’s interesting, it makes me a little antsy. 🙂 Totally subjective reaction.

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    • I am glad that you find things to like despite the metallic appearance you see. I know these longer water exposures don’t always work for everyone. Although I make my images to suit my vision I do also take how others may see it into consideration as well. It’s a good balance when an image works for the folks who see it besides myself. And sometimes I also try to make water look like polished metal. Especially a silvery appearance when converting to black and white. 🙂

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