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Waterfall Wednesday #5

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On June 5th I spent time at Stone Bridge Falls on Bull Creek. Whereas in the photo you saw a week ago I used a very fast shutter speed to stop the action and maximize details, in the picture above I chose the slow speed of 1/8 of a second to smooth out the turbulent water. Below is a closer and therefore more abstract portrait I made at 1/15 of a second; some of the water ended up looking like long gray hair.


“I believe my value lies in the quality of my work, the goodness of my deeds, the essence of my character, and the fullness of my heart, not my skin color.” — Jodi Shaw, 2021.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 7, 2021 at 4:40 AM

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  1. the effect is amazing


    July 7, 2021 at 5:46 AM

  2. The second photo suggests the creature with the long gray hair might have been rolling in — or creeping through, or lying in — the grass. I really like the hint of green; I don’t remember seeing it in quite this way in any of the multitude of waterfall photos I’ve looked at over the years.


    July 7, 2021 at 8:35 AM

    • The way I processed the image in Photoshop induced the green, which was even stronger before I took steps to tone it down. I’m at the stage artistically where I’m more concerned about with visual appeal than with faithfulness to reality. As if we could even say what’s real. Human impressions of a given scene differ, sometimes a lot, from person to person. Similarly, cameras “see” differently from model to model, and of course from us. So there’s my artistico-scientific musing for this morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2021 at 10:43 AM

  3. You rendered the motion of the waterfall very well, Steve. 1/8 of a second. Did you use a tripod?

    Peter Klopp

    July 7, 2021 at 8:35 AM

    • Nope, no tripod. I may have to start using one in the years ahead but so far I’m still getting away with hand-holding the camera.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2021 at 10:32 AM

      • That is impressive, Steve.

        Peter Klopp

        July 7, 2021 at 10:29 PM

        • I’m sure a tripod would have improved some of the slow-speed pictures I took, but it would have been that much more gear to lug around, and I’m already not thrilled with how heavy my camera bag is.

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 8, 2021 at 6:41 AM

  4. These are great!


    July 7, 2021 at 8:19 PM

  5. I feel a kinship with the second photo. The long gray hair could have been mine when it was long. Not that I ever washed it in waterfalls. I read the article in the link. It is good to be kept informed but I can’t really offer much in the way of a comment.


    July 8, 2021 at 6:39 AM

    • Hey, I think you missed out on something. You’ll have to let your hair grow long again so you can let it flow in one of New Zealand’s great waterfalls.

      The article I linked to shows that at least some people who describe themselves as “very liberal” are appalled by the mania sweeping through many American institutions now. If only there were more!

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 8, 2021 at 6:48 AM

      • Growing my hair long again is doable but New Zealand waterfalls would be too cold for me. I could try a waterfall in Fiji if we ever get to travel again.


        July 8, 2021 at 6:55 AM

        • Aren’t there any waterfalls in the far north of NZ that would be warm enough in February? On the other hand, I understand the warm appeal of Fiji.

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 8, 2021 at 6:59 AM

  6. Beautiful photos. I like the perspective.

    Alessandra Chaves

    July 8, 2021 at 7:36 AM

    • I made many views of this waterfall at various distances and angles, plus of course shutter speeds, not knowing which ones would turn out best. There’s a lot of guesswork involved, at least for me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 8, 2021 at 8:45 AM

  7. Good amount of blur on these and nice cascade!


    July 16, 2021 at 11:30 AM

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