04.03.2020 Around and around we go 2

This was actually what I first encountered when I arrived at Amethyst Brook.  I hadn’t noticed the way the water moved around the large rock previously.  Maybe it wasn’t quite as noticeable until the water was so voluminous. Rocks do move over time aided by the push of the water and ice shoving them around.

Canon 70-200 f/2.8+CP, 2.5 sec @ f/11, ISO 400.

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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34 Responses to 04.03.2020 Around and around we go 2

  1. krikitarts says:

    I can almost imagine tiny hobbit-like adventurers bobbing down the cascade in little barrels.

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  2. Very cool shot. Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, rocks move with the current, but you’re a steadfast photographer. couldn’t make it rhyme though. “The camera you don’t fumble” is a little awkward

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    • I would have thought it a good rhyme. Easy to please am I. I have almost fumbled the camera and once forgot to tighten the clamp on the ballhead. Scary moment. Thanks, Robert.


  3. After seeing all your long-exposure water pictures, I finally wondered just now who first came up with that approach. Perhaps it wasn’t purposeful but a consequence of the fact that all photographs originally required long exposures because emulsions were relatively insensitive to light.

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  4. Mike Powell says:

    Love this shot, Steve. Long exposure photography is not something I have tried (since I don’t do much landscape shooting), but as your results show the shots can be amazing. Guess I need to add a circular polarizer to my wish list too.

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    • Thanks, Mike. It is appropriate sometimes and there are photographers who make some incredible seacoast images with the technique. There are many flavors of the smoothness and tastes vary. You’ll find the circular polarizer handy for flower photography as well when you are dealing with leaf sheens…either from waxy surfaces or morning dews. Same can be true for dragonfly wings.


      • Mike Powell says:

        I never really though of using a polarizer for flowers or even dragonflies. I think I may soon need a bigger camera bag and a sherpa to tote it. Thanks, Steve.

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      • I have one for each of my lenses, even my 15mm macro, that live on them. I don’t like the protective UV filters but the polarizer does that and the circular ones can be turned to have no effect if one isn’t desired. Once you use one to reduce the glare on a plant you’ll be happy you’ve got it. I actually rarely use one to blue up the sky because unless you are at 90° to the sun you can get an obvious dark blue patch that is undesirable. And at a 1-2 stop light loss they can be the first filter to use for slowing water movement. A good one can be expensive but it pays to buy a quality piece of glass so you don’t reduce the clarity of your lens.


  5. A beautiful image. The long exposure time enhances the movements of the river. I love the black and white tone mapping.

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    • Thank you, Otto. I was mindful of the motion and experimented with times to get a pleasing expression. Black and white is still a learning experience but there are times when it just works better than color.

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  6. Very Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Very interesting in black and white, Steve. I like the way the sharp-edged rock in the center contrasts with the soft, flowing water. I’m happy to see you’re still getting out. 🙂

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    • As you know, combining rock texture with smooth water is one of my pursuits so I am glad that you noticed and enjoyed it, Lynn. I am going out every once in a while. We are encouraged to get exercise responsibly. It rained yesterday and is a bit blah today so I am catching up on some of those things i mentioned the other day. 🙂

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  8. A very dreamy atmosphere, Steve. But a beautiful dream, not a nightmare.

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  9. Magnificent composition. You know I’m a sucker for symmetry. And tone. And form. There it goes, right over the centerfield fence.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    I was interested in the discussion about the polarizing filter. I have one now, but I’ve not experimented with it much. I have a UV filter on one lens, and clear on the others. I should swap one out and give it a try.

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    • It’ll slow down your exposure a bit but can add to the richness of a photograph with shiny leaves for instance. Unless those filters are of as high a quality as your lens they can be reducing clarity etc. I find the ability to have no effect from the filter, if it’s circular, to make it just as protective. Definitely try it out. If it’s a good quality filter that is expensive and fits your largest diameter thread, you can get step down rings so you only have to buy one. You can get step up rings if it’s smaller but then you might get a vignette from the ring.

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