Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012, Day 140 - Obstruction

Another return to a photo from my Panther Creek adventure of last weekend.  It was a study in making the most of the prevailing conditions; it was early afternoon, we had a hot sun overhead, and there was high contrast light filtering through the canopy.  With those obstacles a wide angle lens was practically useless, too many changes in lighting throughout the scene to get anything useful.  That meant that isolated parts of the landscape were the only possible subjects and neutral density filters were a necessity to get smooth flowing water.

I sought to juxtapose the detail of the trees with the smoothness of the water, the dark against the light, the movement against stillness.  This particular section of the creek was ideal because the flow of water wasn't perfectly flat, submerged obstacles caused undulations which in turn created contrast between the creek and the turbulent water.  The rock peaking through the flow caps it off, it provides just a little extra visual interest to draw the eye towards the bottom left corner of the image.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 70-200/f2.8L IS Mark II
155mm, f22, 20 sec @ 100 ISO

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