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Silver Falls

Silver Falls
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Copyright: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 907 W: 222 N: 1906] (7569)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-11-24
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Olympus E-10
Exposure: f/2.4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Water Splashes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-12 4:08
Viewed: 2265
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TekLens Friends:
Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon's Cascade Mountains lies a temperate rain forest. The Canyon Trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. You will also find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. It takes you to 10 majestic waterfalls, ranging from the grand South Falls (177 feet), to the delicate Drake Falls (27 feet). Four of these falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding where you can walk behind the falls and feel the misty, crisp spray. If you're looking for Silver Falls State Park in the Willamette Valley east of Salem.
I have zoomed in for close-up on this capture.To avoid noise and grains my ISO was set to 80. The aperture was open all the way to F/2.4 and shutter speed was as slow as 1/0.62 Sec. I wanted to use all the ambient light that I could with exposures. The light meter told me F/4, but I would rather over expose half a stop and not under, since there was hardly any light there.

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To RSK: Re: Lower ISO & its impactriverfriends 2 10-16 10:40
To cunejo200: Lower F Stop & ISOriverfriends 1 10-13 22:01
To WTS: Re:Silver Fallsriverfriends 1 10-13 06:36
To akg: Silver Fallsriverfriends 1 10-12 23:35
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Hi David,
this is a very nice shot of wildlife. I like the alliance between mineral and water.
Have a nice day.
Regards from Brittany.

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-10-12 4:29]
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Hello David,
amazing capture of the falls! Neat presentation. This is a fine example how a falls should be photographed in the ambient light. Beautiful light, excellent pov and framing. I love this.
TFS, abhijit.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-12 5:20]

Hi David

Superb motion blur on the cascading water, with good graphism & minimalist color. An informative note, and well managed exposure on the highlights. Tfs!

Hi David!

Thanks for the info; it is helpful to me. These are my favorite photos. I haven't captured a good one yet. The look of the water is beautiful as well as the surroundings.


Hi David,

Wonderful view of the waterfall with great energy!
The sharpness and POV are perfect. The colors are lovely and the glowing water adds great charm to the capture. A huge amount of energy can be felt through the capture.
Very well seen!

best regards,

Hello David,

Beautiful composition and light. Could not be better.


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-10-12 10:23]

Hi David,
Superb Light and exposure to make the falls look silky smooth. The presentation is great also. TFS

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-12 10:46]

Hi David,

What beautiful captures! Excellent player with some interesting colors. Congratulations!
Have a nice week,

Hi David,
Excellent shot of this waterfall. The water motuion is perfectly captured, the contrast of the dark rocks and the buish glowing water creates a great view. Did you used a tripod for this shot, if so you could even increase your f-stop (f/8) en decrease the shutter speed even more. up to 3 sec and more!
Anyway a great posting my friend!

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-10-12 17:46]
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dear David,
a beautiful picture of the shining fall.
your setting F2.4, 1/0.62 sec. is excellent to express delicate line figure of falling water.
in my feeling more high ISO makes another effect on it.
anyway this quiet feeling in spite of being rather big sound of water there is wonderful,
maybe dark rocks support the ambience of shining fall silently.
thank you,

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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2009-10-13 5:27]
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Hi David, I thought I had seen something similar in the past and noted it was one you posted in 2007.
Like the close up of this and saw by your exif data that this was taken before the other one shown in 2007.
Like how this shows the detail (glistening) in the rock face and the growth around the falls, the effect of the shutter speed and Fstop worked well as bore out in this and the other photo.


Hi David,
Nice presentation and composition,
Excellent POV. and details,
good colors and light,
Nice effet and great shot,
well done.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-10-13 12:29]
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Hi David,thanks for the informative notes. you certainly caught these falls as you saw them, in the light that was available to you.I would like to ask you though, why an ISO of 80,I know you mentioned it was to avoid noise,but would noise appear at an ISO no greater than 400?I think to, that downsizing for TL downloads, takes some impact away from an image like this,I bet it has lots of mood & vibrance when seen at its largest sizing.

Hi David,
The slow shutter speed certainly resulted in a milky smooth water flow, a feature most photographers try to achieve for waterfall shots. I wonder how it would look if you brought your tripod and tried other settings particularly higher f/stops. I also think the wide spectrum of exposure makes this an ideal photo for HDR processing. Regards.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-10-14 12:11]

Hello David,
A wonderful admission of nature with good colors and contrast. Good light and detail. Very good composition and a very interesting picture of the water cascading.
Best regards.

Bonjour David
Good calibration of light , you were right against the light meter, beautiful details in shadow and perfect capture of movement with slow speed

Hi David,
Falls the way i like them , smooth and silky , i would have gone with the iso 80 too , gee noise creeps up in mine when i go higher, the blue tinge of the water conjures up , conveys a sensation of coolness and dampness in the surrounding air , sounds like a jewel of a place in some remote corner of the forest , enjoyable view indeed,
Thanks for sharing ,

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2009-10-16 18:51]

A very beautiful shot in slow shutter speed! The lighting you came up with is perfect for the falling waters. It is a beauty to behold.


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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2009-10-22 6:45]

hello David,
I have been trying to learn this from Linda.. Thank you so much for your very detailed notes...
The light is amazing and the soft look of the falls is just outstanding..


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-10-24 13:06]

Hello David!
Excellent shot! Wonderful lighting and excellent sharpness. Very good presentation.
Well done.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-10-26 0:46]

Hello David dear friend ;)))
simple and IMPRESSIVE...TFS
Best wishes,
J ;)

Hi David...very nice and artistic shot...great soft tones.


Hi David,
I like the effect of the darker rocks and bush around the brighter waterfall.Slow speed creating the " movement " and the reflections of the rocks being another point of interest.Great perspective and well presented.

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