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Cotton Waters

Cotton Waters
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Copyright: Ian Barredo (tracer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-07
Categories: Experimental, Mood
Camera: Nikon D-80, Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX DG
Exposure: f/3.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): La planète Ian :) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 8:03
Viewed: 2247
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TL Folks!

Last week on Dubai we saw break on the monotonous skies here with some wispy cloud formation ( as most parts of the UAE is notorious for its bland and overcast sky, and every snapper here knows that.
With that small window of opportunity i rushed to my favorite spot on a beach near my home (after work)and discovered this man made stream that flows to the sea.
Ive been here for years and only now i saw this thing.

It became a chance for me to have some long exposure experiment on flowing waters. So i stood knee deep on the water with a soaked tripod.
I don't have an ND filter here except for a blue grad that does nothing but enhances the blue sky.

Exposure: 10 sec

RAW on CS4
curves (local) and levels
Added warming filter ( too blue )
vibrance and some saturation
Tiff-jpeg and resize

Every landscape fan have ND filters at hand. I don't have one so i just waited for the right amount of light to hit the rocks and for my meter to read less than 1 sec on auto mode, then switch to Manual. Although i did not ensure front to back sharpness on this one.

Time window is less than 2 minutes before it gets too dark.

Thanks for the peek!

more on here

KBE, Jonela, shelbeesmom, Beger, Adri, brunorsantana, adilakbar, mvdisco, tanburi, chrisJ, boomcat, maecy, harpya, bupga, trekks has marked this note useful
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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2009-03-16 8:14]

Hi Ian,
Such an appropriate title for this wonderful shot! Very soothing to the eyes. Good colours and low pov.

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2009-03-16 8:15]

Hello Barredo,
Very very beatiful, Excellent use of long shutter, loved the effects of clouds, good tones on the stones!


Splendid, Ian!
very beautiful and so effective use of a long exposure on the water flow and a blue grad filter on the sky. very lovely colours and a perfect POV for a lovely perspevtive here.

Salamat, Po'

Hi Ian,

This is a brilliant shot great pov colours beautiful and very sharp details. The timed exposure has given the water a milky white appearance which is brilliant well done.


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  • ez2get (133)
  • [2009-03-16 8:34]

Stunning capture....

Unfortunately I stayed in Dubai for almost 5 years and I never seen this stunning rocks right there... I really envy you for this.

Keep it up Pare!



Hi Ian,
excellent effort !
Best regards, Daniel


Love this shot....colors, composition and exposure....


Nice work on this Ian! I love the motion of the water here. Is this HDR? Nice details, great color! I like the low profile you took here, looking up! Good job!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-03-16 10:03]

Hi Ian,
Impressive capture of this nice place!
The long exposure makes cotton water, for sure!
I like much the bright and colorful rocks and the nice perspective towards this beautiful wispy cloud formation!
Excellent! Annie

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-03-16 10:08]

Hi Ian,
A lovely picture!
Great colors and light.
Wonderful mood and POV.

TFS and greetings from Netherlands,

nice flow effect bro at long exposure, very pleasing to the eye,well composed.

Simply amazing the water effect. I really like
this, Ian. Excellent colors and light, mate.
Well done job. Congratulations and TFS!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-16 11:30]


superbe image ces filet d'eau sont grandiose, avec les rocher, l'eau qui se faufile tout en blanc dans cet ensemble merveilleux, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Ian,
Great low pov ! Timing is excellent too, indeed, cotton water.
I like the colors and details of the stones. TFS.

Hi Ian,
Beautifully done. Good effect of filter and long exposure. Very good composition. Nice colors. TFS - Regards - Adil.

Hi Ian,
Beautiful composition nicely presented with great deep of field, nice effet of a slow speed, Excellent colors and sharpness.
well done.

Hello Ian,
Perfect milky appearence of stream.
Well composed image and clarity
Selahattin E

Hello, Ian -
I've never seen the slow shutter effect on water have quite this much visual impact. The water looks almost as thick as honey. Great job with the light and the rocks in the foreground, which feature great colors and are sharply shown.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-03-16 19:08]

Hi Ian

A superb time exposure, with fantastic motion blur of the rushing water. The banks of the stream, add good, natural, linear perspective. Tfs!

cool shot, awesome colors, the blue grad helped too, great composition and shutter speed, good job man!

Hi İan,
What a superb image vith great colours and exposure.TFS.


hello Ian pare,

what can i say but this work of yours are excellent.. im still learning this one.. but you did well with water flows.. good one..

regards, terry

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  • maecy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 252] (1653)
  • [2009-03-17 1:35]

yadah yadah! lol...where did you find this place? hmmmm nagsosolo..lol..joke lang...nice one, like the smokey effect... i would definitely try this one...very useful note..lol.. TFS



Ciao Ian

Are my favorites.
In beautiful colors, details and good taste
my friend ....
What a fine shot! Creative and sharp!
Greetings from Brazil


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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-03-17 8:45]

habol k p sa ulap, well done Adik!



Hey Ian, again you made extraordinary scene with the atmosphere that only you can make. I love it a lot!

Have a nice day!

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-03-18 9:07]

hello Ian

Very attractive color tone of the moss on the rocks in this long exposure shot of the flow of water. Good use of the wide angle to capture a part of the blue sky and making this vertical format most effective.

Great work.

tfs, bill

pssttttttttttttt ang ganda namn nito PANALO...

galing mo talaga...

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