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Floating Solidity

By marios7100
On a day trip to central Greece with friends!!
what do you thing about it?

Tags: Rocks Waterfalls Nature photography Landscape and travel

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11 Jan 2017 7:07PM
Beautiful shot *****

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
11 Jan 2017 11:34PM
Its a very convincing optical illusion!

Can be a little brighter perhaps.


11 Jan 2017 11:39PM
Yes really is eye catching!
Robert51 9 7 71 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2017 8:32AM
I think this is one of those moments when something you were trying to do did not work but came out better. The exposure is too long to get that movement in the water as most of the detail has been lost but the resulting effect is wonderful. These shots always take awhile to get the timing just right.

The mod I have tried to bring out the highlights in the water a little more with a white layer mask of the highlights set to soft light. Also a little playing with the shadows with another layer mask.

Great shot...

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2017 8:33AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery!

It's a fascinating optical illusion. It shows how our perception is limited by the brain's capacity to freeze the moment - this is what the camera's brain sees over a period of time.

I'm not sure that it works for me as a picture, for two reasons. It seems top-heavy; and my eye doesn't know which way to look, to the left or the right, if I want to explore the frame. I would prefer to crop slices off the right and bottom of the frame. But that would reduce the floating feeling.

There is, of course, a face in the rock...

A minor point - there are about six dark blobs in the pale water area of the lower left section of the frame. I suspect that your sensor could do with a clean!
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2017 9:12AM
Milky water, and one of the better ones. It is just a touch under and brightening would add some impact. I would crop almost all the milky water off in the foreground up to very close to the bottom of that rock. It adds nothing to the image.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2017 5:00PM
Love your title, Vouros, and it certainly does appear to be floating. In fact, I think Willie's modification further enhances that effect.

What Robert says interests me. I'd have liked the water to be a bit less milky and to have a bit more detail in it, but you wouldn't have got this optical illusion without it being this way, so the 4 seconds were important. I wonder if you did try alternative exposures to see what a difference they made, or to have alternatives that are not so quirky, but more pictorial.

I see the face, too.

dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
13 Jan 2017 3:53PM
And welcome from me, too.

The title invites me to look hard, and see that amazing illusion.

Technically, whole thing is slightly dark and dim. My mod tries to bridge the gap bwtween Willie's technically spot-on variant and the original. There needs to be milkiness and mystery in the picture, but too dark and you lose the feel of white water. You used Manual exposure - edging hte exposure up a tiny bit would have been good, I think, to compensate for the large bright area that is the water.

I have done a second mod, cropping off the top edge, and the more distant view that distracts from the main subjects - the rock and the water. In this, I also burned in (darkened) the bottom edge and lower sides of the picture.

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