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Flowing out of Profile Lake, at an elevation of 1900' just north of Franconia Notch in the awesomely beautiful White Mountains, the Pemigewasset River is not even two miles old before it enters into one of the most wonderful geological corkscrews I have ever known, called The Basin. The young stream is twisted and contorted by a world of granite that it has shaped over some 25,000 years with the help of the corrosive forces of sand and swirling water. Polished smooth, The Basin is a lithic whirlpool tub that offers an amazing juxtaposition of water and rock. It is a turbulent beginning to what will become, some sixty miles further south, one of the great New England streams of industrial development history, the Merrimack. My good friend Dave Gorke introduced me to The Basin several years ago, and it remains in my mind, today as then, one of New Hampshire's special places. I wanted to find a wide-angle perspective within the confines of this relatively tight portion of the larger whole, which is actually a few yards upstream from the real show of tourist fame. So I knelt on the rock run of the streambed with my camera about a foot above the rock. The fallen leaves of the fall color display were close enough to be used as foreground elements beyond which I could then show the texture of the rock and the beautiful lines that time and water have created. A focal length of 27mm gave me the angle of view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 gave me adequate depth of field; and a shutter speed of 3.0 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an interesting rendition of flow and a medium overall exposure. Had the flow been any milkier, I would have increased my ISO to freeze the motion more; but the swoosh was more in line with what I wanted to show in this scene. 


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  • Comment Link Don McGowan Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:00 posted by Don McGowan

    Hello Everyone. Thank you all for joining me in this conversation. Helen, I truly appreciate your kind words about both the Image and the text. Part of the fun of my Sunday morning is trying to find something inspiring to say in the email text to start the conversation. And I'm very glad that the motion in this image resonated with you. Nancy T., I hope the weather in West Tennessee will get better for you, and I know if anyone could see "J" for joy in this, it would be you. You've seen enough of my wide-angle work that such a comment from you has real power and meaning. Horace, I hope I'm encouraging you to join us on an adventure somewhere, and I very much appreciate your observations on this image. I was afraid the contrast was going to become too intense before I could complete this work, and that is finally what made me look elsewhere, but the light was wonderful while it lasted and the texture of the rock was incredible. Hey Dave, thanks, again, for sharing this place with me; they are very fond memories. Hi Mike, your comment sounds like something I might say about myself. I was surprised that I got as wide as 27mm; but you're right, being low was what allowed it to happen. That's one of the things, as you know, that makes The Basin special: the water-rock textural contrast there is way beyond just water and rock. Hi Nancy Y., in that case I'll try my best to keep finding things to inspire you, because your kind words inspire me. Hi Sara, thanks for your kind words. For me also, water in motion and rock have a special juxtaposed energy that I find simultaneously calming and energizing; and the diagonal elements play into that theme as well. Joe, you know I feel very strongly that the elements of composition are too often undervalued in favor of trying to find light-to-die-for. Light is wonderful, but so are the elements of composition. Thank you for reminding us. Thanks again, everyone.

  • Comment Link Joe Rone Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:12 posted by Joe Rone

    I love this shot. Great elements, s curve, water in motion, great colors.

  • Comment Link savannah Monday, 03 March 2014 09:57 posted by savannah

    Diagonals, motion and stillness. This image had a lot of energy and power for me with a hint of quiet, gentle beauty, Thank you,

  • Comment Link Nancy Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:32 posted by Nancy

    Wow. It's pictures like this that inspire me to keep learning to take better pictures.

  • Comment Link Mike Di Stefano Sunday, 02 March 2014 13:33 posted by Mike Di Stefano

    Howdy Don - I've been there before, you distilled the scene down to just the important elements. I've tried to compass too much in my shots. I think your closeness and low angle what made the difference. Love the cool feel of the water, but the warm light on the rock.

  • Comment Link Dave Gorke Sunday, 02 March 2014 13:03 posted by Dave Gorke

    Fond memories!!!!!

  • Comment Link Horace Hamilton Sunday, 02 March 2014 10:42 posted by Horace Hamilton

    What a great image!! Light, texture, composition, great subject and the splash of color from the leaves lower right just make for a marvelous image...and geologically different from anything I can recall having ever seen!!

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 02 March 2014 10:39 posted by Nancy Tripp

    What an AH HA moment this must have been! I think this is one of my favorites of your wide angle photos. Very uplifting, it spells JOY! I think that is a 'J' shape. Thanks for brightening this stormy winter morning.


  • Comment Link Helen Phillips Sunday, 02 March 2014 10:09 posted by Helen Phillips

    Fantastic. That may be the best rendition of motion I've ever seen in a still picture.

    And I want to thank you for the inspiring words of beauty you include in your Sunday emails. They make my day.

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