Friday Photo: 6 June

June 6th, 2014 at 9:16 am by Chthoniid

And something scenic to finish the week with.

This is , on the road between Orewa and Warkworth.  The water motion was given a blur with an ND-filter, slowing the exposure to around a minute.  It’s not a particularly impressive waterfall from the lookout, but it is framed nicely within the native bush.

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11 Responses to “Friday Photo: 6 June”

  1. Elaycee (4,538 comments) says:

    Impressive – especially when it’s so close to our largest city. Kiwis often take such scenery for granted.

    I saw an article recently where Australians (yeah, I know… but bear me out) nominated their 10 most scenic destinations and whilst the list included the usual haunts (Switzerland, Norway etc) NZ didn’t feature!

    The feedback to their list was highly critical that NZ (esp the South Island) wasn’t included.

    As the kid in the Mitre10 advert says: “Aussies. No surprises”. 😀

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  2. Redbaiter (11,656 comments) says:

    Photo has far to much flat water in foreground for no real benefit.

    Very poor composition.

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  3. Chthoniid (2,064 comments) says:


    Indeed, I’d like to see a lot more the scenery as well. It’s not always easy.

    I am also surprised the Australians rated NZ scenery so low. Perhaps we’re doing too well advertising the ‘adventure & cultural’ sides of NZ and not enough of the scenery.

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  4. Elaycee (4,538 comments) says:

    What on earth is that terrible smell? Its been lingering around since 10.05am….

    Aha – got it! It’s the malodour of discontent. :roll:

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  5. Redbaiter (11,656 comments) says:

    Criticism of style is a valid comment, unlike your off topic rambling and petty small minded attacks on Australians. Chicken shit.

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  6. Elaycee (4,538 comments) says:

    @Chicken Shit: Thank you for your latest, ‘erudite’ comment.

    Have a nice day. 😀

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  7. thedavincimode (8,131 comments) says:

    Could someone please wheel him inside and see to him. It looks like he needs his pads changed.

    Otherwise, a pretty vanilla effort so far. A completely ignorant statement followed by a primary school level comprehension fail.

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  8. Redbaiter (11,656 comments) says:

    Four off topic comments.

    This Friday non-event is a complete waste of time.

    Replace it with the Monday/ Wednesday photos.

    Far more interesting, imaginative and technically competent.

    This is just kid’s stuff that lacks any kind of emotional or artistic depth.

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  9. RRM (12,583 comments) says:

    This is just kid’s stuff that lacks any kind of emotional or artistic depth.

    You see, that sort of comment just shows how completely ignorant you are of not only the art, but the technique as well… 😐

    I’ve seen plenty of wishy-washy long-exposure photos of waterfalls in the rainforest, the sort of thing you see on the wall in the waiting room outside Fabio’s office, accompanied by soft bamboo flute music, and possibly incorporating a dolphin doing a jump over the setting sun. I don’t think this is meant to be that. Although clearly something like that would have made Redfuckwit happier…

    I’ve always felt Chthoniid’s style is not so much a generic calendar photographer, producing weepy pretty images of the sort you feel like you’ve seen a million times already, but more that of someone learned in the natural sciences, who is also pretty handy with good photography gear, and wants to illustrate something a bit more interesting and technical, and a bit less.. well… wet.

    This picture achieves that perfectly.

    The rock in the foreground, what’s growing on it, and the way it disappears into the muddy water is the most interesting thing in this photo IMHO. The waterfall in the background is just there so it’s not merely a photo of a mossy rock in some muddy water.

    (Obviously it’s highly bloody impressive that the dark stuff in the water is perfectly discernible, and not just impregnable darkness, while at the same time the very bright waterfall isn’t completely blown out whiteness.. not that I expect His Dumbarseship to appreciate any of that!)

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  10. Chthoniid (2,064 comments) says:

    Thank you @RRM, that’s very perceptive. I eschew the postcard/calendar style.

    The shot has been composed with two main lines in mind. The diagonal line of the rocking leading to the opposite bank, and the downward line of the falls. Where they meet gives the photo a focus point. The angle of the view also gives a depth (employing the rock leading to the rear) to the pic, that you don’t get with a vanilla, frontal shot.

    Then the exposure has to be accurate enough to get both the bright and dark areas recorded. Which motivated a manual exposure (timed with a stopwatch) rather than using the camera’s meter.

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  11. jcuknz (697 comments) says:

    Although long exposure turning water into milk is as old as the hills people still do it and others enjoy the results. My comment is that the white water does not lead to the pool but rather encourages the eye to wander off … off the picture. However doing a horizontal flip turns a faulty image into quite a pleasing one with the water leading the eye left to right down to the pool where enough of the underwater is visible to make it interesting and the dark foliage acts as a block to keep the eye in the image. As a documentarian the flip maybe against C’s views/ethics but I believe these photos are for artistic appreciation so the flip is quite justified.

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