Low Tide, Down River. April 6, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Daryl Benson Reverse Grad filters, Deerfield river. sunset, Elliot, graduated filters, hip boots, river cobbles, serpentinite, Singh-Ray filters, tilt-shift photography, up to my nads in it
So I got out through the swift current with hip boots, ski poles and a good deal of patience and concentration; after waiting for visual low water, I was still amazed at the power of what looked shallow from the road.
Once I was at the gravel bar, the Deerfield was glowing in the rising blush of the setting sun, its cobbles showing their serpentinite-green roots through the silvery, slithering water.
I set up low, glad to have the hip waders on as I knelt in the shallows and contorted myself to get a working view of my camera’s LCD screen at 10X. That part is necessary to get the best out of Elliot; the interplay of tilt and focus and exposure, coupled with the complication of arranging hand-held graduated filters, requires a view of the process beyond what appears through the view-finder.
The results were predictably mixed, and most of my haul went directly into the Round File (that’s trash, for those of you who remember waste baskets.)
Here’s what emerged as the keeper from this effort:
Courtesy of Elliot, with about six degrees of tilt, and a pair of stacked/staggered hand-held graduated filters for a total of six stops of cooling that sun.
Once again, my hat’s off to the right gear producing the desired results.
Well, that and a little elbow grease.