03.26.2020 Dean Brook Crash and Splash

For most of my years as a nature photographer I’ve been practicing social distancing without knowing it. I’ve always preferred shooting alone although as I get older having a shooting partner will become a good idea. I do get in some sketchy situations, but don’t tell Mary Beth. Case in point this morning as I waded around in Dean Brook.  The stream bed  is mostly rocks of various sizes and, although they are not terribly slippery because of the moving water, they are not exactly seated securely. Some move suddenly underfoot. But slow and steady wins the day so all went well.

I found a few compositions as I walked down stream.  I am not sure which will have the most appeal but I enjoyed trying different exposures to get just the right effect of motion.  It was nice to be out totally immersed, not in the water (ha!), but in the sound of the water, removed from all else going on it the world for those moments. The decibel level changed while moving along the edge depending on the cascades and power of the crashing water but the sound of the brook covered any other sounds that may have occurred.

One feature I enjoy capturing is the splash of water on a rock at the base of a cascade. This wasn’t arcing quite as much as I might have liked but the effect is still a pleasing one, I think.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 @182mm with Circular Polarizer, f/11 @0.3 sec, ISO 400. I made a few different exposures anywhere from 1/6 sec to 2.0  at a few different ISO’s but this was the look I had in mind.

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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20 Responses to 03.26.2020 Dean Brook Crash and Splash

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice, painterly shot, Steve. The energy around waterfalls is so soothing. I like it when all noise, even airplanes and motorcycles, are silenced by the roar of falling water. I find myself drawn to our falls during these stressful times. They, almost magically, help me release and renew.

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  2. As always, you’re the best at turning flowing water into feathery strands.

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  3. Just magnificent. I see it, I hear it, I feel it.

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  4. Typically stunning, Steve. Another utter corker! Fabulous!

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the more delicate vertical streams at the top of the image. They make a nice contrast with the bolder, more obvious flow, even as their own sound is (presumably) drowned out by the rushing water at the rock.

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    • I think all the sounds probably play a part in the overall pleasure of being there. I was happy that things lined up as they did rather than just having a dark background which would be okay but the rear cascade just makes it better.

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  6. Very Nice Steve! Love the detail at the top going into the softness below!

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  7. Very nice, Stephen, and a lovely way to get immersed! I can feel the and hear the water, both pleasing to me.

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  8. krikitarts says:

    From your title, I was afraid I was going to read that your immersion was more physical than just figurative. Do you ever extend your tripod legs and nestle them together? It can provide a very effective and much-appreciated wading staff.

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    • I thought of that after choosing and posting the title but editing it wouldn’t have altered the notification.
      I use my tripod with legs extended as both a wading staff and a walking stick when clambering up or down an incline. I never regained my old sense of balance and topple easily so try to take precautions. One winter recently I fell in the woods and landed on my back unhurt. But with the weight of the camera bag I was a little like a turtle.

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  9. susurrus says:

    Wow – that’s a gorgeous picture. I hope you take a few precautions such as saying where you are going, having watched a few of those lost in the wilderness programmes on The Weather Channel when I’ve been over in the US.
    I once rescued my sweetheart who had slipped over the edge of a riverbank and was precariously balanced against the bank, clinging on to heather, with river rocks below. I am not sure how, as it happened so quick – his belt came in handy!

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    • I am not as good at divulging my whereabouts as I should be, but I do have some specific hangouts that are known to Mary Beth. I am much more cautious now in my old age, unless 72 is the new 52 🙂 , than I once was. That was fortunate that you were there and could grab onto his belt…and not get pulled in too. Most things like that do happen quickly and we are lucky to be able to respond just as quickly.


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