Platypod vs waterfall

Hi all! I want to show you a little shot I made in Vermont, USA, using my Platypod Ultra to support my Nikon D810 and Nikkor 12-24mm to help me shoot a series of waterfalls at Bemis Brook.

The subtitle to this post should be ‘when iPhone portrait mode fails.’ Can you spot the screw ups?

So, I was at Crawford Notch State Park, VT, and here’s what was going on: –

If you’re a fan of waterfalls, you’d love it! Anyway, my goal was to shoot some of the fast flowing water but really get the viewer immersed as best I could, pardon the pun 😉

What I did, which I’m sure you would too, was d’off the trainers (that’s the right word for sneakers, America) and get stuck in at the deep end. There I go again pun-wise. The problem initially was that I wasn’t anticipating it being quite so damn cold! But once I was over that I got to shooting.

It’s from this position that I made this photo: –

It’s an exposure of just 2 seconds at ISO 33 and f/22. The water was flowing so fast through this section, probably owing to the Bernoulli principle whereby the lack of space caused by the flat surface made the molecules spread out. That’s science right there, you can have that. A bit of messing around in post by highlighting the foliage and rocks with a +0.5 Exposure Adjustment Brush and some cunningly placed negative Gradients was all the post this needed.

Then I wanted to try something out – mostly because strange things go through my thoughts and I’m a bit stupid. I wanted to know how the Platypod would stand up if it were in the water, both in terms of its stability and it’s performance.

It turns out it’s just fine! It was only a few millimetres of water flowing over and around the Ultra, but it stood up just fine to the forces imposed on it and stood stable enough to get a long exposure too!

Well played Platypod. Well played.

Much love

Dave

KelbyOne.Take better travel photography.

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