09/04/2014 - 12:27


Simplistic landscape compositions sometimes strike when we are in tune with nature. A recent walk with friends along the River Ashburn in Dartmoor National Park was one such occassion.



The River was flowing at a great volume following three consecutive days of April rains.As we walked we could hear the rumbling music of the racing waters as they tumbled over small falls, over and around boulders. It was fascinating to see a familiar moorland river in a different guise, for I had not walked along its banks with such a torrent of water before.



Rivers, streams and brooks offer the landscape photographer a wealth of opportunities in varying levels of their flow rate. I felt that my vision was heightened by the possibility to explore this river in its new cloak of deep water.



At the point where we started walking back towards my friends moorland home, I noticed whitewater flows elegantly arcing around a large oval boulder. The sound of the river at this point was different to the noise of the previous boulder runs, I noticed. 



My camera gear was in my backpack, along for the journey on the off-chance that I may find something new and interesting on the walk. A telephoto lens was already on the camera, and as it was drizzling I felt changing lenses was not the best idea. So with my 4yr old son's frog umbrella held over the camera and tripod (to save the drizzle being blown on to the polarizer), I was able to make my photograph.



It is a somewhat bold compsoition with the steadfast boulder dominating the scene, but it had enough charm with what the great photographer Ian Plant refers to as 'visual mass' for it to work, I thought. The unmoving anchored boulder seemed well juxtaposed with the trails of the racing waters that arced about it. It was a pleasure to make this photograph.





"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable."

(Aaron Copland)



A couple of encouraging comments from the Pentaxuser website:


“A beautifully judged shutter speed maintains just the right amount of movement in the water - whilst retaining nice details too. Taking images as good as this requires a great deal of skill.”



David Storm



“This is a very special shot isn't it? It's like a great big Dragon's eye. Wonderful movement, tones and balance involved. Great skill. “


Good Fortune,

Gray Summers





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