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Water above and below

Water above and below
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-31
Categories: Mountain
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5, Cokin P120 Graduated Gray G1
Exposure: f/22, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-08 2:46
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a bit of a unique perspective from what oyu could say is between rock and a cold place. This large snowfield was at the far end of the lake and still hung over the water a little way out from shore. The space between the snow and water was around 3 feet I'd say, so setting up the tripod and still being able to peek through the viewfinder became a bit challenging.
I wanted to try and set it up so the entire scene could be captured in one exposure. As you can imagine I had a fair bit of dynamic range to work with here between the darkness under the snow and ice and the bright highlights caused by the overhead sun.
My solution here was to first put on my circular polarizer in order to help bring my shutter speed down as I wanted a bit of a dramy effect to the water. You can also see the dripping lines of water that are falling from the melting snow.
Next, I added 2 Cokin grad filters and lined them up to run along the line of snow overhead. I also offset them to help minimize the lines between dark and clear.
The result is this single shot with abit of PP work, but otherwise what you see was what I got straight from the camera. I spent some 90 minutes under this snowfield playing around with different shots.
As for the strength of the snow, we had spent the previous day sliding off of it and into the water. Ah the things we Canadians do for summer entertainment.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-08 3:17]

Hi Tim,
a fantastic POV, really very well sought out and excellent managment of the exposure. I love unusual view points and you've made the most of this one, I envy your summer entertainment too sounds like great fun. You have to travel quite far north in the UK to get any decent snow these days.
Great shot,

Hi Tim,
Awesome POV and superb technique to get this result. I really like your idea of getting under the snow to get this composition. It clearly shows your trained eye. The exposure is spot on with good details in both shades and highlights. The slow shutter speed did give a wonderful texture to the water.

Gorgeous shot - unique perspective, without a doubt. A lot of thought and care went into that shot.

Now, here's the question...are you crazy?!?! (*teasing*) Sliding off the snow into the water!? How cold was that water? ha ha As a Texan, I can't even imagine!!!

Well thought out. You knew what you wanted and got it down great. Sort of like those surfer pipeline shots. TN is like an advanced school. Great perspective. Honestly it is a great shot Tim. Congrats.


Good notes Tim!
Its nice to get a little background!
The image captured is well composed.
Your perspective is very interesting!
Good use of the Cokin filters!


Hi Tim,

What a wonderful place - very unique spot under the glacier like that - well found!!

Also, great work technically with the filters, well achieved and well worth the efforts.


Professionally done. Wonderful DOF and exposure, excellent composition and saturation.
Good work!

Hi Tim,

Excellent and original POV. Picture well balanced since some part is in the shades and others in the direct sunlight, so good use of your filters. Clarity of the lake is amazing. TFS.

PC :)

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