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Shooting in the rapids.

First post on my Blog here, i will regularly post a photo and describe the technique, equipment used and conditions in which it was taken.

When i woke-up it was -15°C outside, a good temperature to shoot around rapids of a river! I went to a river close to my home i knew there will be some ice forming on the rocks in the rapids. There was some fog over the river and some ice had formed on the rocks!

I took photos with different lenses, from my 14mm to 50-135mm lens, my favorite shot was taken with my 35mm Macro lens directly into the rapids. The rock covered with ice got my attention because it looked like a reptile back (or a Dinosaur back spine). You need a good pair of warm and waterproof rubber boots to go into that cold water. When i was finished shooting my tripod was covered with ice, the lower part of my tripod leg were frozen in ice and couldn’t close them. My camera is weather resistant (Pentax K20D) so everything was OK, my lens (Pentax DA 35mm Macro Ltd) is not sealed but the water frozed quickly on cold lenses, i used my nail to remove ice on the lens.

The photo was taken with my Pentax K20D, DA35mm Macro Limited, ISO 100, 1.3 sec. at f/16, tripod and Mirror Lock-up (MLU). Since i always shoot in RAW i did some Post Processing in Photoshop, i did use the burn tool on the rock to put back some character to it.


6 responses

  1. Vraiment superbe la photo.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:55 am

  2. Hi Steeve,

    Followed your link from the DPReview Pentax forum.

    Congratulations on biting the bullet and getting this started. Extreme conditions your shooting in! Love the photo and it does look reptilian look to it.


    December 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    • Hi Johnny,
      i was thinking of starting a Blog for some time now but didn’t had too much time. Now i will try to post regularly.

      Thank you.

      March 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

  3. Followed you form DPReview.

    Really enjoyed the story and all the ‘chilling details’ about the shoot as much as the photo.

    Well done.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:44 am

    • Stefan,
      sorry it took a long time to reply, glad that you enjoyed the “chilling details” 🙂

      March 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

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