Watery patterns at Water Ark bridges

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I was hoping for better weather but as per usual for Easter damp and grey conditions are what we got, not wanting to stay indoors regardless I decided on a visit here to see if there was any signs of spring. The lack of new emerging buds was almost as dissapointing as the weather so I settled for playing with long exposures and the little streaks of bubbles and foam created by the small rapid at the head of the pool. Not what I'd hoped for when I set out but I am still reasonably pleased with what I came home with.

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Comments (15)

⚔ Richard ⚔ on April 9, 2012

Great capture Sam if i had taken this picture i would "really" have been pleased,..Like..Regards Richard

JTSmith1234 on April 9, 2012

Beautiful job Sam. I learn something worthwhile everytime I visit. Regards, JT.

Yorkshire Sam on April 9, 2012

Cheers Richard , I know I sound like I'm dismissing the good in this one but that's only down to the fact I would have liked some nice light to play with instead of having to capture this while protecting my camera from the fine drizzle that we had instead. On the upside I got a shot I may never have considered taking had it been sunny.

many thanks ,


Yorkshire Sam on April 9, 2012

Thank you JT for the encouragement, I'm starting to like this one a little more now . I'm wondering what it is you learned though on this visit.

regards, Sam

JTSmith1234 on April 10, 2012

Hi Sam. At the risk of speaking above my station - being new to photography and all - I have been reading a great deal...mainly about composition rather as opposed to technical aspects. The lessons seem simple in theory but difficult to put into practice. The one lesson that I have no success putting into practice is the notion that the photo must convey a message or tell a story. I don't know what to do. This photo of yours, though, tells exactly the story you put in the text below it. I look at this photo and feel a cloudy, damp, gray day with, I imagine, a fair bit of chill in the air. Obviously, this is the story you were trying to tell and I think you captured it masterfully. Again, this is coming from a novice so excuse me if I am embarrassing myself but your compositions truly drive home the lessons that I am struggling with mightily. Kindest regards, JT.

Yorkshire Sam on April 10, 2012

Hi JT, you're certainly not speaking out of turn and I am delighted you find my images both to your liking and helpful in the way you mention. I have always been artistic and have drawn , painted and created images for as long as I can remember and so it seems from that I've developed a natural instinct where composition is concerned. There are rules of course and I recall adding a comment to your work that said you certainly applied those well in your photography which is proof that your studying it has helped. From that understanding you will probably always capture shots in a pleasing way and from there you just need to perfect your camera skills and understanding of light, depth of field etc to tell the story as best as you can. Equally editing is a major factor and I use that in much the same way as I use paint to create depth and atmosphere by enhancing the elements that create the mood. It's an element that can't really be taught but can be accquired through persistence and by concentrating on the elements that you like in a scene. As I often say to those that join me in my hobby it is as much about what you leave out as what you put in. Concentrate on the main subject first and try to capture it as best you can using the light available and without any distracting intrusions,once you have mastered that you can look at gradually introducing interesting elements nearby that benefit the image by adding to the overall feel and slowly you will start to "tell the story" as you say. I can explain best by using this example When I first went to that location it was midday, the sun was extremely bright and there was a breeze meaning I was never going to get anything more than a snapshot at best and I figured out it would be best to just sit and look at the scene in order to work out what would be the best conditions to capture what I was looking at. I figured out that the sun would set to my left and would give a nice side light effect with shadows adding depth but if it was too low the shadows would make the church clock less visible. I saw that if I stood too high at the waters edge I would have a huge expanse of water with little interest before arriving at the main subject so better to stay low ! Moving waterfowl would be a problem I thought but it would be good to have some in so I would have to time my shots to minimise movement. Later that day I went back and captured this scene which I was very happy to have. On going there again this year I didn't want to just repeat my first shot so standing by the waters edge again I looked at how I could do things differently and was struggling because there was little else I could add until I spotted the swan, I figured well if it was fairly prominent that would help and I took some shots. Then for some reason I looked behind me and finally saw the daffodills that were there just waiting to be used as foreground interest, voila that was it ! As you see , the same scene but "told" in a very different way.

A bit long winded but I hope it helps.

best wishes, Sam

Andy Rodker on April 10, 2012

This has just showed 20 hours after posting! Never mind, worth the wait because it's magnificent! YSL. Best wishes, Andy (And thank you for the extremely interesting notes and correspendence with JT above: terrific stuff!)

Yorkshire Sam on April 10, 2012

Better late than never as they say, I like the magnificent response Andy since it poo poos my negative thoughts about it and makes the standing in the damp a touch more worthwhile than I first thought.

Cheers !

JTSmith1234 on April 10, 2012

Sam, thank you for the thoughtful response. It is amazing the difference in the two photos by just stepping back four feet or so. It really brings home the lessons I am trying to incorporate into my own consciousness. I know it will take a lot of work but as you demonstrate - if I am successful - the results can be remarkable. Thanks again, JT.

Neil Grimwood on April 11, 2012

A familiar scene again Sam, quite different to when we were there last year. "negative thoughts" lad, there's nowt negative about this, another couple of weeks and it will look different again.

Yorkshire Sam on April 11, 2012

Aye, I'll have to be having a trip back to get the new emerging leaves and hopefully it'll be less damp and grey .

Cheers mate !

Evangelo Agneos on April 17, 2012

Great capture Sam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yorkshire Sam on April 18, 2012

Thank you Evangello

Christos Theodorou on April 26, 2012

Wonderful capture - Greetings from Athens.

Yorkshire Sam on May 30, 2012

Hi Christos many thanks for your visit and comment.

kindest regards, Sam

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  • Uploaded on April 9, 2012
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    by Yorkshire Sam
    • Taken on 2012/04/09 17:06:28
    • Exposure: 10.000s
    • Focal Length: 26.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/20.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash