When I’m out photographing landscapes, water always gets my attention. Especially flowing water. Another thing I really enjoy doing with my photography is picking out the intimate details of a scene (the picture within the picture) and turning that into my main subject.
There are many ways to photograph water. You can freeze it, slow it down a little, slow it down a lot, or you can go crazy and go completely abstract. It just depends on what you are trying to convey with your photograph.
I made this photograph last spring along one of my favorite eastern Sierra creeks. Every map that I have reviewed of this area has it labeled as a creek. That makes it the largest creek that I have ever seen. I always feel that it is mis-named or mis-classified. In my opinion it should be at least a stream, but it could easily hold its own in a battle over river naming rights.
Anyway, the name is not as important as the beautiful details are, and this creek is loaded with them. On this spring morning I was in the canyon early hiking upstream. I stopped at the bottom of a fifty-foot-long rocky run. It was still shady and cool. I was happy with the light, the flow volume and its peaceful song. I was at peace and looking for photographs.
These two rocks caught my attention (they are a very small part of the overall scene.) I walked several more feet upstream until I stood just below them. I zoomed in tight on the two rocks. I really liked how the water was overflowing the front rock, so I repositioned my tripod in order to enhance that perspective. Now I knew I was on to something! Something special!! I adjusted my zoom until I had a composition that I liked. Then, I stepped away from my camera and studied the scene trying to decide just what I wanted to say with this photograph. I decided that I wanted to create something soft, peaceful and obvious (as opposed to abstract.)
This is my result. I think this photograph has a bit of a romantic look and feel (i get funny that way sometimes.) I named it “Caress” because of the way the water seems to gently caress the front rock as it flows over it.
f13 1.2 seconds ISO 100
If you like photographs like this, I have a Gallery on my website titled Natures Abstracts which is dedicated to the beautiful details of our natural world. Check it out. Here’s the LINK.
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