Richard Sprott, APSA  

The Potomac at Flood by Richard Sprott, APSA

June 2022 - The Potomac at Flood

June 2022 - Richard Sprott, APSA


About the Image(s)

Back in March I showed the Potomac river at Great Falls. At the time, some of you commented that it would be nice to see the same scene with leaves on the trees. hHre it is, but with the river at full flood. This image, taken a couple of weeks ago, shows the use of the long exposure feature of live photo on my phone. The image was edited on the phone, then the "horizon" was corrected, exposure modified and the distracting plant removed with the healing brush in Snapseed. Personally, I like the original better, but this was fun to do.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Dick, I like both of the images. I like the soft milky water but if you like the raging flood waters the original really shows that off.

You could consider taking off the little green spot on the Live Photo version? Your call.

I guess my first choice would be the Love Photo version. There is lots of action that says flood to me. It is so easy to do and not have to calculate and try many versions. Jerry   Posted: 06/03/2022 15:31:47
Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
Actually, I thought I had removed that little green spot with the healing brush. I didn't see it until it showed up here.   Posted: 06/04/2022 08:32:41

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great to see a familiar location around DC. I have seen the Potomac in flood many times. I have seen the flood markers at the Great Falls park on the Virginia side, showing historical flood levels that over-topped even the high ravine banks.
Where exactly were you standing for this shot?   Posted: 06/03/2022 17:21:53
Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
This was taken from the Olmstead Island overlook.
The markers on the Virginia side are visible with binoculars from this overlook. The "new" (30 years old or so) bridges to the island have made it possible to get there as soon as the water recedes enough and that lets us take this kind of photo. Remember the flood in the early 80's that took out all the old bridges and big chunks of the tow path?   Posted: 06/04/2022 08:38:37
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, I recall that flood, and that it took the Park Service a long time, I think, to repair the canal and tow path.   Posted: 06/19/2022 13:41:27

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
The photos remind me of using canoes to shoot the rapids, so to speak. The original image shows the roughness of the water that made me be very careful with the canoe. The silkiness of the water in the second image gives the image an appearance of being in safe or easy water, don't weary when going through on the canoe. The water appeared safe, but things can turn out different when to canoe hits the silky water. With both images you captured two different appearances of the water, one dangerous and the other calm waters. Good work.   Posted: 06/05/2022 20:29:09

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
I have not tried the live photo, or long exposure, thing with my iPhone. I'll have to do that this summer. I agree with you that that original shows the dangerous raging water better than the smoother version. I do understand people's interest in smooth flowing waterfalls and small rocky streams, but water like this is all about power and danger - in my opinion.
  Posted: 06/06/2022 16:21:44

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Danger for sure. I'm glad you were in a safe place as one wrong step and you are history. I'm a fan of silky water in waterfalls as it shows the flow of the water as we see it. However, in this case I feel like the original really shows the boiling turbulence and danger of the river. Having said that I like the silky "long exposure" image also but for different reasons. It also shows the movement of the water but in a more "calm way."   Posted: 06/11/2022 17:24:25

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
The original is excellent capture of one treacherous, angry river. Would be scary to get close to it to take photo. While the long exposure lessens the anger of the river it still looks dangerous. A win/win with either photo.   Posted: 06/13/2022 12:30:42

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
There is much excitement in the original that seems to have been lost in the Live version. If you could tone down the blur it might help restore that element. Isn't that just a matter of choosing how many frames you want to end up with in the final version?   Posted: 06/19/2022 16:20:39