Glen Gilligan, PPSA  

Champagne Pool by Glen Gilligan, PPSA

December 2019 - Champagne Pool

About the Image(s)

The Champagne Pool is a prominent geothermal feature about 30km south of Rotorua in the North Island of New Zealand. I had to wait to get the shot as the wind was blowing sulphur filled steam into my face. The pool is 260 C or 500 F. I have seen the shot before and was attracted by the vivid colours and the curved edge.

Camera- Nikon D810
Lens- Nikor 28-300mm at 44mm.
Aperture- F11
Shutter- 1/640sec
Hand Held.

I cropped to a ratio of 16:9 as I like this dimension for my landscapes. I used the sliders in ACR to sharpen and saturate slightly. I used 1/640sec as I wanted the steam frozen. Cheers Glenn
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7 comments posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very nice colors, perspective, depth of field and guiding lines. I also like the dreamlike texture produced by the evaporation and your cropping.

Really nice.

p.s.: Sulfur does not smell very good!   Posted: 12/14/2019 11:59:04

Kathryn Engle
Love this. The composition, the colors and the corresponding lines. I don't have any suggestions. Love it the way it is. Kinda reminds me of some of the pools in Yellowstone even though a world away.   Posted: 12/14/2019 23:22:42

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Delightful image and composition that integrates all the picture elements well! The foreground detail looks nice and sharp. Well done!   Posted: 12/17/2019 09:07:25

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Wonderful atmospheric environmental portrait. In LR I pushed it's colors, clarity, texture and contrast as well as de-saturating the salty whites just to "see" the difference.   Posted: 12/18/2019 10:46:29
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Like how you have increased the orange colour Judy. Thanks. Glenn   Posted: 12/18/2019 19:53:54

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Glen. What I like the most is how you positioned the horizon high enough to attract my eyes following colorful leading lines till the end. I like this effective and unique composition.

I agree with Judy suggestion to push the color more. Likely, those far we can go before we start to see 'Color Banding'. In my experience, this is a good example when we need to use CPF (Circular Polarizing Filter). CPF will help reduce water surface reflection so we can see through the bottom of this beautiful and vivid geothermal formation.

Awesome shot Glen.   Posted: 12/19/2019 15:13:05

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Glen,
I like the composition a lot. The graceful curve out to the peninsula is fantastic. I cropped it little to put the red/blue line in the corner and I cooled the upper left and warmed up the lower right just a bit.
Best wishes,
  Posted: 12/24/2019 13:57:56
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