04.17.2020-2 Tired of starbursts yet?

It wasn’t my intention to shoot another starburst this morning. I visited a section of Dean Brook where I have always been disappointed with my compositions.  Once again the water was strong but not deep so I was able to get out in the middle which allowed for capturing almost all the cascades.

I was just starting to bemoan the highlights on the water when the small appliance bulb in my head lit up and told me to to raise my head and sure enough…there was the sun.

And, for your listening pleasure…

And, yes, I am happy with this composition. There is more water this time around so the rock bed is not the dominant element for a change.

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 04.17.2020-2 Tired of starbursts yet?

  1. Way back in the days of Speed Graphic press cameras, press photographers had a phrase, “f/8 and don’t be late.“ I know this doesn’t rhyme, but “f/22 and stand in the middle of the stream.“ Great shot.

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  2. Simply stunnig, Steve! This has to be my favourite so far!

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  3. I tried listening to the video while looking at the photograph, but the sound seemed out of place in the still picture’s stillness.

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  4. Ms. Liz says:

    How refreshing! What a great photo and I love listening to the music of the stream 🙂

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  5. Beautiful image Steve! Were you shooting stoped down to say f/16 or maybe f/22 to get the starburst?

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I took one look at the image and remembered this, from Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek:

    “Live water heals memories. I look up the creek and here it comes, the future, being borne aloft as on a winding succession of laden trays. You may wake and look from the window and breathe the real air, and say, with satisfaction or longing, “This is it.” But if you look up the creek, if you look up the creek in any weather, your spirit fills, and you are saying, with an exulting rise of the lungs, ‘Here it comes!'”

    “Here it comes. In the far distance I can see the concrete bridge where the road crosses the creek. Under the bridge and beyond it the water is flat and silent, blued by distance and stilled by depth. It is so much sky, a fallen shred caught in the cleft of banks. But it pours. The channel here is straight as an arrow; grace is itself an archer. Between the dangling wands of bankside willows and Osage orange, I see the creek pour down. It spills toward me streaming over a series of sandstone tiers, down and down, and down. I feel as though I stand at the foot of an infinitely high staircase, down which some exuberant spirit is flinging tennis ball after tennis ball, eternally, and the one thing I want in the world is a tennis ball.”

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    • Thanks for the quote, Linda. I have an unread copy of “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” and this has encouraged me to get it down from the shelf. Once it’s down we’ll see if I read it. 😉

      When I am in Nature I generally just am and not in the past or future. Although I was never really an adherent of Ram Dass, I do take “Be here now” to heart as much as possible when walking in the woods or wading a brook. He had a house nearby, I am not sure if it was considered an Ashram, where I park to visit another waterfall.

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      • krikitarts says:

        The thought behind “Be here now” is, as are some of the streambeds you explore, much deeper than it appears at first glance. It’s so easy not to stop and appreciate what is available at a given moment, and it can be so rewarding when we do.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice set of falls and I never tire of sunbursts! You must have been just east enough to have sun at dawn. Ours became cloud covered just before the sun rose over the hills.

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  8. Andrew says:

    I saw the sunburst and immediately thought of “We are stardust, We are golden
    And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden.” Or in this case back to the midstream. The layers are amazing and the eye is led all the way back to the bridge.

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    • Thanks, Andrew. I wasn’t channeling Joni, or CSNY, but it is an appropriate tune to have in our head. If you go back just a touch further you’ll see my car as a small grey blob. I thought about removing it but decided to not. If I print this I will.


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