Dave Ficke  

Fern Creek by Dave Ficke

February 2021 - Fern Creek

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in Yosemite at Fern Creek on the Valley Floor. I was there earlier in the day and the light was all wrong and wanted lower light with shadows. I shot this low using a tripod and shutter cable. I was using my first digital camera, a Nikon D200 with a 17-35mm lens at 22mm, ISO 100, f14 at 1 second.
I cropped image adjusted highlights, shadows and a bit in sharpening. What I enjoyed about this image was the clarity of the water as it comes over the top and then takes on the angel hair movement lower in the image. This image shows nicely as a 24x16

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7 comments posted

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
I like the most in this image the graduated unsharpness of the water. What a difference between the water in the back which is almost clear and in the foreground. It shows the dynamics. Good shot.   Posted: 02/14/2021 00:04:45

Debbie Bates   Debbie Bates
Beautiful, I love waterfalls. You have that in between that I like more than the pure silk or the stand still image of waterfalls. You have caught the movement perfectly.   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:01:06

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
A very strong image David. You've handled the contrast between the bright sunshine and the shadows very well. The movement of the water is also very good. I enjoy your angle of view using the 3 tiers to provide a sense of depth. I know I'm being picky, but I would love to see the original image. I'm just thinking that if there was some "flat" area of water at the base of the image/cascades, it would balance the image beautifully with the flat water at the very top.   Posted: 02/14/2021 14:26:21

Matt Conti   Matt Conti
There are several elements that make this a strong image. The change in clarity from clear to milky is interesting and something you don't see that often in waterfall shots. The lighting was worth the wait, Dave, as it speckles in an attractive pattern creating those gorgeous shadows. And, the surrounding rocks have the attractive moss with the complementary palette colors.

I really like it "as is". Ian's comment did remind me of a competition judge that did once comment to me that a waterfall without a pool at the bottom is incomplete, but I think that's old thinking. If the pool is interesting, it might be worth including rather than the flat area at the top. Otherwise, I would leave it as you have.   Posted: 02/16/2021 04:27:05

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I LOVE smooth water!! An I like this combination even more. It shows the rapid nature of waterfalls while giving me the calm feeling from the smoothness at the end. I love the dynamic nature of the image. I get the best of both worlds. Power and calm at the end. I also love the pool at the top and the reflections in the water above from the moss and rocks. Nicely done!!   Posted: 02/17/2021 13:52:34

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful capture. The smoothness and clarity of the water are beautiful. The contrast and the sunlight in the middle of the waterfall are very beautiful. The surrounding rocks with beautiful moss and the still water at the top of the waterfall are really nice. Well done.   Posted: 02/19/2021 18:19:10

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
(Group 28)
Wonderful shot of moving water surrounded by color.   Posted: 02/25/2021 09:04:23