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The Icy Slippery Steps to Bridalveil

I know i didn’t blog the last day of DLWS yesterday like i normally would have. Traveling across California makes that a bit hard to due. Well Wednesday morning was up at Bridalveil Falls. A beautiful place with many opportunities, if one can get up the path. The path up to the falls was covered in ice from the mist. This is the super slick one inch thick mega ice that forms from all the mist in the air. It would have been a perfect time for some ice skates cause it was smooth. In the end not many of us choose to go up to the falls because it was so slippery. Instead we worked the lower areas of the falls. the creeks, trees and rocks.

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The creeks were just as slippery as the rest of the path but safer due to the path being flat. Small creeks and streams are really fun to work with because they can shot wide or narrow. Obviously i went narrow. The trick with shooting narrow is finding those spots where the water and rocks make a unique pattern or have some sort of symmetry to them. If a rock is dead center and all around it is blurred water it obviously won’t look good. Composition is very important with everything and this is scenario is no different. The other choice is what to do with the water, whether to have it blurred out or some detail left. Personally i don’t like having water totally blurred because it then resembles blown out or loss of information. That’s just my view, does it vary depending on the situation, yea sometimes.

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This last image was really an experiment which I’m still not sure if i like or dislike yet. This was one rock with two currents surrounding it. The currents themselves weren’t very strong but it would be enough to make a simple black and white. It seems to have a texture to it that makes me question the image.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, Nikkor AF-S 70-200 VrII f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital FIlm

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