More of world’s end

The image is, I will admit, something of a cliché. Ever since I was able to appreciate photographs which graced the periodicals of my childhood (including Life, National Geographic, Natural History, National Wildlife … and, more recently, CNN’s photo blog) I have been fascinated by pictures of moving water. In particular I have admired the ways in which  photographers have been able to capture the many moods which water may display. The quiet, undisturbed, surface of an inland lake; boisterous, terminating, waves of so many beach fronts; dark, moody, and foreboding ground swells of the open ocean; swift and unforgiving currents of the near-shore; frenzied, swirling, eddies at the confluence of protected estuaries, and even the propagating waves born of droplets impinging on the quiet surface of a sink full of dishwater. Among the four elements of astrology, it is water that amazes me most. I have commented on it before. We visited World’s End State Park a few days ago and the weather, in advance of Hurricane Sandy, was not the best. Those of you who follow this blog will know that I am slowly climbing the learning curve which has been presented to me by my new DSLR. Although the old Point & Shoot did allow me to manipulate shutter speed – it only allowed me to do so within very narrow limits. I can do just about anything with the new camera and had lots of fun experimenting with its dials, wheels, menus, and levers as I lay prone on a piano-sized bit of shale within the middle of one of many tributaries to Loyalsock Creek. In particular, the effect of a very slow shutter was to create the blur and the feel of movement in the water. At a high adjusted ISO rating I was able slow the shutter and stop down the aperture to give a feel of depth and clarity to the leaves and the surrounding wood.

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