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Rapids and stills

Rapids and stills
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-04
Categories: River
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya ND8
Exposure: f/16, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 8:46
Viewed: 4659
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Something a bit different from Austria this time...
One day, i decided not to go with my friends on tops of ski slopes and shoot general wide vistas, but rather walk around the village where we stayed and look for simple elements.
After hiking a little while on the banks of river, i ended up in a narrow section where the water and the frozen ice made a natural maze for the waterflow and that captured my attention. In some places, the height of the ice and snow was about 1 meter...which looked impressive :)
Here, i used my Hoya 8 stops full ND filter to snow the shutter speed and blur the water more to emphasize the motion that contrasts the frozen surroundings.

Hope you'll like it and thanks for visiting.

I've entered a photo bag design challenge recently and i could use your help. It turn out that the first 250 best rated designs go through the next round so if you have an extra 2 minutes, i'd really appreciate it.
Here is mine.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filters: Hoya 72mm full ND8
Focal Length: 57mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec.
Metering Mode: Pattern metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/16
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 2 PM
Weather conditions: overcast

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Vinster: Thanks, Vinnyhoria 1 01-15 07:22
To Jamesp: Thank you, Jameshoria 1 01-15 07:17
To manyee: Thanks for the visithoria 1 01-15 07:14
To marhowie: Side pockethoria 1 01-15 07:12
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Superba captura!
Seamana cu o cascada sau cu un rau inghtat, sau poate amandoua!
Vad ca pe langa ski nu ai uitat aparatul acasa!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-13 9:06]

Superba...foarte bine realizata.
Numai bine

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-13 9:29]

Hello Horia,
Very beautiful photo in a great composition. The flowing water is wonderful. Excellent sharpness, DOF and POV.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-13 10:08]

Wow, this is beautiful mate! The long exposure has turned this into an almost dream like scene. I love your POV here, the cascading water seems to flow out of the frame, and the back drop of strange ice formations is superb. You really used your imagination here to create an image with alot of mood and depth...very well done, i would love to have this in my colection!
Congratulations and bravo,

Hello Horia,
wooow, this shot is wonderful - and the icicles so amazing. I love the silky effect of the water, never managed to get this effect but you did it excellent, thanks.
Many greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Horia
YES!!! this is WINTER
great details and good sharpness with very good light
greaat shot Horia
greeting lou

Hi Horia
A really wonderful shot! This could be used for the cover of a book or something. Outstanding work.
Kind Regards

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-01-13 13:39]

hi horia,
très belle image d'une simplicité extrême mais quel beau résultat. C'est rafraîchissant et apaisant.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-13 14:22]
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Hi Horia

Superb - you really 'saw' the shot here .....and went on to nail it!

Back at home now - 5 days early!


Hi Horia,
Impressive, dramatic and almost sub-realist! good cutting and vertical composition, excellent framing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-13 18:12]
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Wow, Horia.... That looks c-o-l-d!
I really like the effect you produced with your slowed shutter speed.
The contrast of the textures between the frozen ice and the flowing water makes for an artistic composition.
Also so much movement in the water against the rigidity of the icicles.
TFS. ; )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-13 19:18]

Hola Horia.
Hermosa y fina foto. Exelente calidad y nitidez. Un gran trabajo realizado aqui en este obra de arte.
Saludos Horia.

Cool image, very good photo bag design too..
Is that side compartment for the larger tele removable?
Anyway, the bag looks great - Good luck :)

Buna Horia
Ceva mai deosebit, care sa ne aminteasca ca asa trebuie sa fie o iarna adevarata. Ca de obicei, ai reusit extraordinar de bine sa controlezi expunerea lunga, culorile, care se apropie de fapt de monocromatic. Fain !
Toate cele bune,

hello Horia,
Hope you'll be doing fine friend. A wonderful change and for a change what a marvelous photo to share and present to friends here. The winter has beautiful set on the river and though it is not fully frozen as the shot reveals, it has given you this wondrous photo with an all white background and yet the photo has a great appeal. A wonderful scene and thanks a lot for sharing and also for your consistent support....take care and stay well...warmest regards/Abid

Hi Horia

well that has inspired me for when I am back in Scotland in 3 weeks time. - not that I have an 8 stop ND filter - best I can do is add 2 together to get to 5...

I really love the composition of this one - it is stunning and I keep coming back to it.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-15 9:01]
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Hi Horia

A couple of days ago we were neighbours and you provided some kind and wonderful
comments to my Cryptic Mantis. Thanks so much and once again it was great to hear
from you. Unfortunately I was a little sidetracked since, but eventually I can try to catch
up on some critiques. This iced scene actually made me think of the stalactites and the
stalagmites one find in many caves. The timed capture added even more mystique to
this already fascinating image as it provided a certain sense of inscrutability (mystery)
with the collective effect of the flowing water. Great stuff.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Horia,
I didn't know you bought yourself a dens ND filter. Isn't it a fun filter to have? I hope you've followed the discussion I had with Emma because I mentioned to her about a mobile phone application that can assist in calculating the shutter speed with these type of filters.
Your venture through town paid of well. The slow motion of the fast flowing water contrasts nicely with the solid frozen water. I like how both water ways enter from the top merge and flow down the composition.
At first I found the purple hue not so atractive, but the longer I look at it the more I don't mind it. Maybe a cool blue version would be an idea.

Hello Horia,
impressive torrents of icy water forming a very attractive contrast to the deeply frozen walls. Capture of intensely dramatic beauty, clearly showing your distictly artistic handwriting.
Nice to see that you visited Austria, I hope you enjoyed it!
The very well preserved rich mountain meadows around Virgen are one of my favourite places in summer, too.
With thanks, and best regards,

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