Nature Photography – Swirl

Just a quick (prescheduled since I’m out shooting) post with an image I took a few weeks ago and couldn’t decide what to do with. I love the color of the water and the rocks and the way the water swirled in the little pool. I’m just not sure what story this image tells, if any.

So here’s the thing. You get to tell the story in the comments while I’m out in the blazing heat and awful humidity of the East Texas Piney Woods. I know you’re out there lurking Mark, Ray, Jaime, Michael & Terry. Tell me why this shot works or why it doesn’t. Tell me what you “feel” when you look at it. (sidebar: a little alcohol helps). Let me have it with both barrels!

And have a great weekend!


Swirl – Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1.6 seconds using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter. Shot at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

You can also find a 1200 x 800 version of this image and many others on my Flickr site.

5 thoughts on “Nature Photography – Swirl

  1. I have had this up in a separate window for a couple of days on my 2nd monitor thinking about what you asked. (Most people don’t want to ask me what I think)

    The tones in this are excellent and I agree with Nicolas above. I would like to see it in B&W, for some reason it seems that my eye wants to stick at the top of the frame. Portrait orientation and a little more context for the place may make the central object (swirl) more of a surprise and give it even more weight. That is just my eye and it may be a lot different than what others see (that last hit on the head, ya know).

    As to the feel, it feels like Texas heat to me, the lazy water and that color of tan/brown just screams summer in Texas to me. That feeling conjures up long hot roads on a motorcycle looking for shade and something cold to drink and praying for no breakdowns in the heat.

    One feeling leads to another and another and to a story, that makes a good image. Damn that Mark is eloquent ain’t he? lol. He managed to kick loose a whole new story for the image in my head.

  2. What do I “feel” as I look at this? (sips whiskey).

    That in the open country you can find anything, but every fortune leaves a trail.

    Ask Llewelyn he’ll tell you. Looks like he may have jumped through this swirl trying to get away. Though he found out there are no clean getaways. Just the swirling browness of a hot Texas afternoon.

    (sips whiskey)

  3. I see what attracted you to the photo. When I look at it up close it doesn’t do much for me, but at more distance the deep beauty of the colors come out.

  4. I think the overall composition works well because the deep brown color tones follow the lines of the golden spiral which is complete by the little water whirlpool.

  5. Moving the Singh-Ray up the list fast…

    Another beautiful photo, Jeff. I love Texas and I am anxious to get out and see more of it.

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