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Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

I stood for an hour and a half up to my knees in glacial water waiting for this shot, and was shaking like a leaf when I finally crawled back out across the shallower parts of the falls. I've wanted to visit this location for years, but only had this idea on reaching the spot - getting in very close and fairly low to shoot nothing but the basic elements...

This is a four-shot pano stitch, all vertical. ND grads kept everything in check.


www.jamesappleton.co.uk - Wedding, Landscape and Architectural Photographer...

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MKII
Lens:Canon 17 - 40 f/4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Purely Elemental
Username:JamesAppleton JamesAppleton
Uploaded:15 May 2009 - 7:38 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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shaw2708
shaw2708  5 England
15 May 2009 - 7:41 PM

superb! what a unique shot (S) where was this taken? you must be soooo proud!
kathryn x

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 7:53 PM

I like this very much indeed. The only slight niggle is the brightness in the water leading out of the left - but I can imagine it must have been hard to expose for all those different volumes and speeds of water flows. Terrific low angle composition.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 8:02 PM

its a cracker James, but not worth getting hypothermia for, now i sound like your mom! lol lesley

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 8:03 PM

Excellent image.
I agree about the LHS water but it does not spoil my enjoyment.

Robert

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motorsportpictures

Beautiful exposure.
Scott

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onebeautifulmoment

Wow amazing image.

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Kenfromsot
Kenfromsot e2 Member 657 forum postsKenfromsot vcard United Kingdom
15 May 2009 - 8:31 PM

Super shot.
Ken

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Steve-T
Steve-T  751 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 8:35 PM

Superb - worth the cold wait!
Steve

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freyjas_dad
15 May 2009 - 8:50 PM

Super shot, well worth the effort

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Emmog
Emmog  538 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 9:47 PM

Your freezing patients paid off, great shot
Matt

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rontear
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15 May 2009 - 10:02 PM

Dedication, James. Ron.

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 10:39 PM

1st class image ,love this ,its superb
warm regds
ollie

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 11:15 PM

its bad enough standing in our local rocky tumbling stream knee deep getting water shots so i can empathise with you on this,
it needed this beautiful sky to take it into the magical catagory and the shivering has paid off. the sky / water balance has been handled very delicately too and shows your technical ability, it would have been so easy to blow this one out and come back with nothing.
regards,
Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 15 May 2009 - 11:16 PM

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 11:50 PM

well done you suffering for your art..lovely work

Diana

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Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2009 - 2:03 PM

One well worth the wait. Stunning shot. Good comp and colours.
Barry

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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2009 - 2:08 PM

This works well. Kind of other-worldly. Paul

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16 May 2009 - 4:04 PM

Stunningly good!

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JamesAppleton
16 May 2009 - 4:30 PM

Cheers everyone - all comments are much appreciated! The bottom left brighter water is the deeper channel of the fall's run-off, and is a mind-blowing shade of blue, it's brighter due to thousands of trapped air bubbles sifting along within the turbulence. Search for bruarfoss on google and you'll see other examples. I'd love it if nature had set itself up for a perfect photograph, but this is as the waterfall was, and I'm not changing that reality for the sake of technical/compositional perfection.

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thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2009 - 10:58 PM

Exquisite!!!

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Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2009 - 12:03 AM

Love the big X effect of the composition.
Cheers, Goggz

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Beijing_Rich
27 Oct 2009 - 6:51 PM

Stunning! Big fan of your work on here James, this capture was definately worth the cold!

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Hugeknot
Hugeknot  91212 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2010 - 7:11 AM

I was here just a few weeks ago. I should have got my fishing waders out. Next time you are in Iceland, you could maybe give me a call, we could go on a jeep trip.

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