Hey everyone, just posting my pics of the Sylvia waterfall in colour and black-white-brown-tone.
Be Water, my friend…
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee
Sylvia Falls, Valley of Waters, Blue Mountains
Water flows through all gaps crashing into and eroding earth elements while feeding wood elements along the way as depicted here.
Water teaches me to be stoic towards the extreme negative and positive occurrences in modern life, to drink plenty of clean filtered and re-mineralized water, to have concern and take necessary action for keeping our sources of water and the eco-system pristine, to flow through life according to nature and my true nature, to be both physically flexible and strong, soft and hard in thought and actions.
This is a 4 shot vertical hi-res panoramic image of Sylvia Falls, in the Blue Mountains, my landscape lens was damaged while on a previous photography expedition, so I was forced to (and gracefully adapted) use my portrait lens to capture this vast landscape, minimizing camera shake made it more challenging because I had to manually hold a polariser in front of the lens and adjust it while taking the shots. The best 4 of 14 shots were stitched together using PhotoShop and then manually stretched and warped the perspective of the image to represent the final composition, I liked the colour image, but decided to try black and white, eventually I applied a brownish-black and white tone that I had modified with some grain to the image. I feel that it conveys the philosophy and has more emotion by using this dark brown-earthy tone (although it doesn’t look brown on the jpg). I also emphasized the movement in the water and isolated it from the details of the rocks and the surrounding foliage as they made the image more cluttered.
Updated: This shot is one of 2 images where I received Bronze Awards at the International Loupe Awards out of over 5000 entries. Full article here [Click Here]/