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This is one of two shots (I'll put the other up tomorrow) of the waterfalls around Ingelton that I mentioned the other day, and I'm quite pleased with the way this turned out. And other than that I don't really have too much to say about this shot.

One thing I could mention though: I've had a lot of conversations over recent months about film versus digital cameras, particularly with people who are new to photography, or thinking of getting back into it after a time away, and one of the things I always tell them is that I think it's much easier to learn photography with a digital camera than a film based one. Or, maybe, it's not easier, but it's much quicker in that a digital preview of a shot is a great learning tool. Previously I might have trudged off into the countryside, shot a few rolls of film, waited for them to come back from the lab, only to realise that a shutter speed of 1/30 was too fast (or two seconds was too slow) for photographing waterfalls and getting the effect I was after. I could then trudge off again and take some more, ... and so on. Being able to digitally preview a shot seconds after it's taken is wonderfully instructive.

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5.41pm on 10/7/04
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comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 10:06 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Very, very cool. The shutter speed is perfect on this...

comment by Ali at 11:16 AM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Extra-ordinary shot, I love taking photos of waterfalls and running waters, this one is just fantastic.

comment by Houser at 01:02 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Why is it waterfall shots (when exposed properly) never get old? Maybe it's just me. Well done, mate!

comment by mjn at 02:01 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Very beautiful. Nice work. The hint of black stone at the right of the frame is quite wonderful.

comment by Deceptive at 02:40 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Great shot, I look forward to tomorrows.

comment by Kris at 04:03 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004


comment by RainKing at 04:53 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

I like it. Perfect exposure.

Is it desaturated or is the (lack of) light giving the effect that it has no color?

comment by djn1 at 04:57 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

RainKing: it's desaturated then colourised (Hue=212, Saturation=5).

comment by Donna McMahon at 05:02 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004


comment by Zero at 05:58 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

I hear ya. I just got myself a digital SLR and now I'm learning at an accelerated pace. The digital preview gives you the freedom to experiment without denting your bank-roll. But somehow I feel like I'm cheating. :)

comment by Frank at 05:58 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Since you were in aperture priority mode - - was the shutter speed automatic?

comment by djn1 at 06:11 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

Zero: if money were no object you could do the same with film, so I don't think you should consider it cheating.

Frank: yes. What I forgot to mention is that I also used the G5's built-in neutral density filter, so with an aperture of f8 1/6s was the slowest shutter speed I could get without over-exposing the shot.

comment by Peace at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

what a shot.. what a shot! this is just so beautiful.. very refreshing.

comment by justin at 10:42 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2004

just fantastic.

comment by Carrie at 12:34 AM (GMT) on 14 July, 2004

This is a really wonderful shot. I love the softness... like it's a blanket of light mist coming down. Speaking of learning, I really find it quite helpful that you post the data along with each photo. I'm still not all that great using manual mode on my cameras, so getting an idea of what aperture and speed works in different conditions to create a specific effect, with a visual example, is a really great tool. :)

comment by Rool at 01:20 AM (GMT) on 14 July, 2004

Don't you think that when you shoot with film, you just think more about your pic before you take it? When I used my digital camera, I just shooted 200 pics per night or per photo trip, and maybe 5 of them would be rather good. Now that I only shoot film, I just think before pushing the button, and that is really interesting too. I'm thinking to my comp, the light, the subject. With the digital, I had the feeling that I made nice pics by chance, now I fell that it is what I wanted to to, or close to it..

well, that's just my opinion, and this pic, and all the others, are really awesome, even if you use digital ;-)

comment by myla at 04:03 AM (GMT) on 14 July, 2004

It's absolutely stunning.

comment by djn1 at 05:50 AM (GMT) on 14 July, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Rool: no, I think that I pay as much attention when I shoot digital as I ever did when I shot film - the only difference is now I don't worry about development costs ;-) More seriously: I think that what saves me from the "shoot everything and hope" approach is that I hate to crop, so this really focuses me on what I'm shooting.