Catching Up with some B&W River Photos

Where the river ends, the sun glints, until the dark of night rules the river.

There are stretches of the river bed as bald as possible of nothing but flat stone and then you find a congregation of rocks clinging together under the water.

The refraction of light in the Pedernales river plus the convex/concave moving waves of water around rock create dancing “light waves” on the rock bed of the river. There is a scientific and objective understanding of this phenomenon but there is also a understanding of beauty and connection too.

A giant turtle head emerging from a waterfall in the river.

Impression: Grassland and Wildflowers

Our cameras love to measure time and light in fractions of a second. But often I do not. Walking through our field there is always motion. Even in the stillest of winds, the hoppers fly and bees buzz around me. Usually there is breeze that waves our grassland and wildflowers into one sea of flowing color and moving highlights.

Impression – Grassland

When you give control to the camera it aims for clarity and thus it tries to slow time down to the point of stopping motion. When I walk our land or hike in our forests nothing seems still and frozen. Everything is moving, constant change, the wheel never stops. It is a bigger illusion to believe we have stopped time in clear print than the illusions and abstractions I present in these images.

Sweep

All of this is not new. The Impressionistic painters in the 1800’s and JMW Turner before them, departed from the tradition of painting clearly. A new way to communicate the beauty and majesty of this world was born.

My first introduction to this way of approaching photography was found in William Neill’s Impressions of Light.  Check out his ebook on capturing nature’s beauty in this manner.

A Field of Purple, Orange, Yellow and Green

All these images were created utilizing long exposures with camera movement. To gain long exposures times I had to use a Lee Big Stopper filter which adds 10 stops of light reduction. The only edits were performed in Lightroom for color, clarity, and “lengthening the histogram”.