View Full Version : Terrestrial Light and Magic

Wicked Dark
03-22-2010, 11:21 AM
Finally got lighting cooperative enough to photograph this small waterfall and pool the way I want it. I admit to pushing a couple of these in Lightroom a bit to accentuate the sense of drama in a serene setting that I hope to convey. Yes, those are water spots on the filter...it was rather splashy. Originally I took them out, but then put them back in since it conveys something of the physicality of the place.



Of course I have to do one black and white version -

And now for the total perspective vortex (fairy cake not included) -

And a really cool detail giving the illusion of a lone tree silhouette and star trails -

All taken with the E-30 and the amazing ZD 12-60mm lens mounted on my 25-year-old tripod. A polarizing filter brought out the best in the pool itself, eliminating the harshest of the glare. A couple friends buzzed on by me in search of more and better things downstream and missed out on what I consider to be a great location and one I hope I've done justice to. Thanks for checking it out. Comments welcome.

03-22-2010, 02:47 PM
a magical place to be sure. Love the whirlpools. I think my favourites are #2 and 4.

well done

03-22-2010, 02:59 PM
These are awesome WD! :clap:
Love the swirls! Neat stuff!

Mad Aussie
03-22-2010, 03:05 PM
That whirlpool is seriously cool!! Never seen anything quite like that before!

Wicked Dark
03-22-2010, 03:25 PM
thanks guys. the Whirlpool one is a 20 second exposure and it made Explore on Flickr. A first for me.

Mad Aussie
03-22-2010, 06:40 PM
Was it the 4th shot (2nd last) that got into Explore? That's a seriously nice shot that one.

Wicked Dark
03-22-2010, 07:11 PM
yeah, that was the one MA. It's sort of a strange experience, but I'm glad at least it's over a picture I deliberated and spent time creating.

Mad Aussie
03-22-2010, 07:19 PM
Well it's not only a cool scene with a unique element in it (the whirlpool) bit it's well taken also. I love the little green bonzai in it as well :)

Wicked Dark
03-22-2010, 08:10 PM
thanks MA, I call that the Charlie Brown tree. It had to be in there, not only for its own merits, but to balance the composition. My photographer friend came by 1/2 hour later (while I was taking the down view of the falls) and almost trampled the poor thing. I had to tell him to lay off. : )

Mad Aussie
03-22-2010, 08:29 PM
Horrors! That tree is precious!

03-22-2010, 09:19 PM
Too cool! I've never seen anything like that before.

03-22-2010, 11:25 PM
Excellent set WD:highfive: :highfive:

Wicked Dark
03-23-2010, 07:55 AM
Thanks you two. It was another lesson to me that slowing down and allowing myself to see, really see, pays off.

03-23-2010, 08:03 AM
Amazing set, great location and well executed. Love the whirlpool.

03-23-2010, 02:36 PM
Wow - the little tree is a wonderful catch. But I also love these water circles very much.

03-24-2010, 05:44 AM
very very cool captures

Wicked Dark
03-24-2010, 08:31 AM
Thanks guys. I had this series in mind for a couple of weeks and tried, but failed, to get good photos of those eddies and whirlpools. Finally had good light to get it how I wanted it. Am sort of amazed at my organization. I'm not normally like that. : )