04.02.20-2 Around and round we go

After all the rain we had earlier this week, the Amethyst Brook waterfall in Pelham was running about as good as it gets. Swirls are not a big thing with me, but I know folks enjoy them so when there is an opportunity I go with the flow.

The swirl texture is a little odd because rather than foam this was mostly bubbles which were bobbing as they moved.

15 sec at f/22, ISO 50. I had toย  lengthen the exposure time because faster caused theย  lines to not be continuous.

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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37 Responses to 04.02.20-2 Around and round we go

  1. The swirls really make interesting patterns in this one, with a lovely backdrop.

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  2. You may have missed a career as a latte artist.

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  3. Iโ€™m really glad that you did it anyway. Mother Nature is the latte artist. You just made a superb product shot.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    This is really extraordinary, Steve! Do you know the work of Andy Goldsworthy? (Have I asked you this before?) This reminds me very much of some of his masterpieces. Does this one really not encourage you to revise your opinion of swirls a bit more toward the positive? I consider this to be a great new feather in your cappuccino.

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    • I don’t think you have but I am familiar with his work. I have mixed feelings about what he does as, and I am sure you know this about me, I do not like disturbing nature if at all possible. So what he does often bothers me even though most people consider it harmless. Don’t get me too wrong…I am impressed with his creations and it is definitely fine art and temporary at that. My biggest complaint is I think he has launched a lot of imitation and quite often I visit spots where people have created piles of stuff that will remain for a long time. Around the Quabbin Reservoir where I visit, the shoreline is often “littered” with cairns. Of course a lot of rocks are shelter for small creatures so they are disturbed. Cairns on mountains for trail markers make sense but just for idle entertainment not so much in my estimation. Sort of the carry in carry out rule. Leave things as you found them. I feel the same about sand beach art. “Steve ruins it for everybody”. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, I have become more open to photographing water with swirls. I have shot this same pool with a swirl in the past so sort of knew what to expect with high water ad have done a few in other locations. Thanks very much for your nice reaction to this, Gary. Much appreciated.

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      • krikitarts says:

        I am in complete agreement with your opinion regarding his bent on rearranging solid structures, and I should have made that clear. I’m really in favor of only some of the things he’s done with leaves and such, which will soon disintegrate and be naturally recycled. He did some with leaves being swept down a brook that reminded me of this of yours. I too am against amateur cairns and other such manipulations of the natural world.

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      • I was pretty sure we were simpatico that way, Gary.


  5. shoreacres says:

    Never mind the barista wannabes. One look at those swirls and I was back in the kitchen of my grandmother’s Croatian friend, Christina, watching her make potica. If I had to be quarantined somewhere, that kitchen wouldn’t be the worst place in the world.

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  6. Oh, Steve… those swirls!!! What a clever b*gger you are! Faaaabulous! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  7. Leya says:

    Ah, fabulous, Steve! Out to make a cappucino latte…

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    Looks extraordinary! The comments are making me imagine you there with a ginormous spoon to give it a stir, hehe!

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  9. eremophila says:

    I didn’t think of coffee swirls, but instantly thought of hot chocolateโ˜บ love the contrast between the white lemonady falls, and the chocolate swirls. Great work Steve.

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  10. melissabluefineart says:

    That is a fascinating phenomenon. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it.

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    • This was bubbles but more often it is foam. There are quite a few photographers who do swirls. That’s probably why I am not so excited because there are so many. But I am glad that i have shown you something new, Melissa. I think that I have posted one or two in the past.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Very cool capture, Steve. The camera yields such surprises!

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  12. Todd Henson says:

    Aside from the artistic merits I’m always fascinated with the patterns revealed by long exposure photography. We start to see things that are right there in front of us, and yet typically hidden from view.

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    • Yes, but they are a different reality from our basic way of seeing. Although people sometimes judge things by it, there isn’t reality in photography. It’s a snippet of time and depending on the lens choice, aperture, or exposure, the appearance can be quite different from how our eyes perceive it. I laugh to myself inside when asked if it really looked like that. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Nailed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Dave Ply says:

    Nice swirls. I’ve always thought they were cool, but haven’t encountered potentials very often. I’m not a coffee fan so I’ll just think of it as chocolate swirls…

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