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Using a slow shutter speed for waterfalls is a popular technique and this is the ultimate version of that. You guys call 1/4s slow but, come on, it isn't it's less than the average blink of an eye (about 1/3s).

At Cleopatra Terrace, run-off from a hot spring flows down a little hill, depositing minerals as it cools. At the moment, the flow is just a trickle but you can see a whiff of steam at the top. I figure the effective exposure here has to be at least several decades. Wink

I've posted both in black and white and in colour and I'd be interested to hear your opinions on which works best, or on anything else, for that matter!

Dave.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2009.
200mm, f/11, 1/500s, ISO-200.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS
Title:Yellowstone (VI)
Username:DRicherby DRicherby
Uploaded:16 Apr 2010 - 12:36 PM
Tags:Black & white, Cleopatra terrace, Geyser, Hot spring, Landscape / travel, Mammoth hot springs, Stalactite, Stalagmite, Wyoming, Yellowstone national park
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 12:50 PM

Fascinating - personally I prefer the colour version.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 12:50 PM

Maybe that heat haze shows better in mono, rather than against the strong blue sky. But for me "yellow stone" works best in colour
Helen

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 12:58 PM

Funnily I thought this looked like a macro of some special bread!!!!
Now I have looked a bit closer ,, Large version
A great shot and really cant decide which version I prefer

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chrisvannamen
16 Apr 2010 - 1:19 PM

Colour for me, very nice indeed.

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Jalapeno
Jalapeno  4127 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 1:19 PM

I like the mono better as the colour is great but I am just not find of plain blue sky.... however, its a nice texture you have captured!

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 566 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 1:28 PM

Much prefer the colour version, for me it seems to show more of the detail which seems to get swallowed up in the mono ( if you see what I am trying to say as I don't have a lot of the technical jargon )
Regards Mary

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HectorRivera
16 Apr 2010 - 1:30 PM

Great texture

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 1:41 PM

Colour for me Dave so that I can enjoy all those wonderful tones in the hill.
Barbara

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gingerdelight
16 Apr 2010 - 1:42 PM

Although the exposure is spot on here, the details come across far better in the coloured version. A super image that would also make an interesting abstract if you cloned out the sky. This is great viewed Large, with some stunning colours and textures.
Carol

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jonrayner
jonrayner  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 2:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

For me it is very difficult to pick between the two images. I see textures in the B&W, and tones int he colour version. If I had to pick one for the wall (as they are both strong candidates for a wall), then I would go for the B&W. Perhaps this is because I am in a very B&W frame of mind lately; I am finding that B&W uncovers a hidden image behind a colour version. In this instance, the textures really come to life in the B&W which may have been unobserved or not as prominent in the colour version. That said I do like the contrast of the hillside against the deep blue of the sky.
Jon

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 3:46 PM

I prefer the colour version, for the lovely shades and tones of colour.
Ken

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2010 - 7:45 PM

The patterns are wonderful and I enjoyed viewing the colour version the most.

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borrower
borrower  5 England
16 Apr 2010 - 10:08 PM

Cracking shots, colour for me.
Louise

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 12:04 AM

Great image Dave, color for me this time, an informative write up too,
Geoff.

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7848 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 8:46 AM

I like both photos and especially the textures of the formations.

I used dodge and burn to bring out the steam in the sky after converting to mono and to accentuate the lights and darks in the rocks.

Alan.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 10:06 AM

Thanks for the mod, Alan — looks really good! I tried to dodge the steam myself but I couldn't get anything that looked natural so I gave up on that part.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 12:57 PM

I lean towards the colour version for the contrasts agianst the sky, some lovely textures and patterns - both work for that reason

Linda

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 2:36 PM

I like the mono very much but V2 with the colourful well detailed stone is outstanding agianst the blue sky. Well done Dave.
Carol

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 2:44 PM

Colour version for me.
RJ.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 4:20 PM

I'm torn, Dave. I love the colours in V2, especially with that sky. But in V1 you really get a feel of the quilted complexion of the rocks.

I would say V2 marginally edges out V1 for me. Oh, I felt a bit fiddly so here are two mods Smile

Andrew

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 4:46 PM

Thanks for the mods, Andrew — much appreciated! I can't really judge the colour one as it's hard to look past the fact that the fairly pale oranges in the version I posted are how I remember the formation to be, whereas they've become darker and browner in your mod. The black and white works really well and I think it treats the highlights better than my version.

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 - 5:49 PM

I like the V1,the most, Nice textures.
Pete

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 7:27 PM

i like the paler colours of your v2 than the mod. and v2 is defo my choice for those scummy colours and the textures. couldnt resist a play though seeing as you offered.lesley Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 7:48 PM

Doh! I didn't realise I'd gone and changed your oranges to browns, Dave. Bah. I was going for more emphasis on texture and deeper lines and didn't consider the hues.

As for the BW, same...I was going for deeper texture as well. And the sky is dark but I thought I'd use the excuse of "I was giving it a nighttime feel"...lol

Wink

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davey_griffo
18 Apr 2010 - 8:14 AM

I love the rich, vibrant colours, so V2 for me.

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 3:24 PM

Love both versions!
Kaleena

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6228 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 7:19 PM

Fantastic detail and textures in both versions. The colour version just has the edge for me though - love the light, the varying soft tones and the contrast of that stunning blue sky.
Sylvia

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NobbytheNobster

Very nice shot (both versions) The colour version alamost looks like a fabric quilt with the patterns.
Nicely taken.
Ricky.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2010 - 10:11 PM

Although favouring V2 with its wonderful variety of colours, tones, & textures, I can also appreciate the appeal of the monochrome V1.
Interesting narrative, too.
Terry

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 9:57 AM

I think that both are excellent images.It depends on what I want to get from your images. From artistic point view,I perhaps prefer V1, strong pattern, texture etc.If I want to gain more realistic information about this place,I would look at V2.It tells me weather,mineral colour etc.
xiaoli

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 5:00 PM

Ansel eat your heart out - the difference between the mono and the color version is incredible. I do go for the mono though - I'm often in a mono mood, but then I take a glass of wine, and color returns to my world. Smile
Anne

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 5:06 PM

Must be red wine that does that to you. Wink

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 7:20 PM

Hmmm, never thought of that, but that might explain a lot of things!!

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 7:30 PM

Coloured version looks best, well done, great stuff
Astyag

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
30 Apr 2010 - 8:13 PM

Great capture.
Have to say that V2 is the best one.
Robert

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