One area where I nearly always sense the world beyond the physical is sitting quietly with flowing water. Maybe it is the mutability of water that moves me away from the physical. I am not sure, but I know this is true:
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla
Then my brain gets in the way and asks “why?”. It is the same with the practice of photography. How to get the brain out of the way.
Small, subtle edit improvements can make such a difference. This image was posted before but I learned something new in Lightroom and voila. Makes you wonder if we are more of a graphic artist or photographer?
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.
“You will always find an answer in the sound of water.” Chuang-Tse
Yesterday morning was spent hiking around my favorite Texas nature spot: Pedernales Falls State Park. I went there with questions both practical and philosophical. I walked away with answers. And the only counsel there was the rock and the water and the sound they make together.
A moment to our cameras is usually measured in fractions of second. Often the faster the better. 1/500th of second is certainly better than 1/16th of second to capture the moment, correct? Maybe not. The way we experience moments is certainly not that fast. A waterfall is sensed as whole rather than a frozen snapshot. The water is seen as a falling mass rather than a thousand drops as a 1,2500th of second would show; the spray tickles or skin, wet invades our nose, and then there is the roar water mass makes as it collides in upon itself. Further downstream a leaf slowly floats by. How to capture this in a still image is the challenge. Somewhere in the dimension of time and light is the answer.
“Big whirls have little whirls,
That feed on their velocity;
And little whirls have lesser whirls,
And so on to viscosity.”
~ Lewis Fry Richardson
Pedernales Falls State Park – my favorite local hiking spot!
Some days are magical and this was one such day hike. With the recent rain I knew the Pedernales River at Pedernales Falls State Park would be high but just how high I was not not sure. If it was too high I would not be able to hike into this area for this picture. Too low and the falls would not be be flowing enough for a good image. This has been the case for the last few years – never catching the river at good point to get this image. But this day was damn near perfect. I had to jump across a few shallow, thin river flows across rocks to get to this point. If the river was just one foot higher I probably could not have gotten out here to get this shot. If you want waterfall shots in central Texas this is has to be one of the top spots.
Shot with a Lee Seven5 filter system on the OM-D E-M5.
This Memorial Day weekend saw devastating flooding in our area of Texas. The Blanco River hit record highs and wiped away many homes and a few lives in the Wimberley area. Hours before that happened we were at our friend’s 1,000 acre ranch in the Wimberley area watching the thunderstorms roll through with mild rain. A few of us still went out for a hike and I brought along my ‘bag-o-OMD. We were on a trail with the rain picking up, a bit of thunder in the area and I heard the familiar rush of a waterfall. I let the group go on and I went searching for the source. I have been at this spot a couple of times in the past few years but it has been bone dry each time because of our extended drought. Today was different. Today was the story of spring creek. Today it was rushing. A Spring Creek on the Burton Ranch.
I sat at this spot for a long while getting soaked and my OM-D E-M5 and the water resistant lens held up very well. I cannot say enough about the build quality Olympus designed into this system. I experimented with lots of combinations of aperture value/shutter speed along with my Lee 75 ND filters and circular polarizer trying to get both a combination of waterfall blur with the raindrops that were splattering the pool above.