Metallic flow

A different kind of waterfall for waterfall Wednesday – this trickle follows the curve of the rock face all the way down until the bottom few inches. But it was the sunset colours reflecting on the damp rock that stopped me in my tracks as I walked back to the car – I love the metallic look it gives.

I’ve tried capturing this little waterfall a few times in the past, but its long thin appearance makes it hard to turn into an effective shot. I took a face-on photo as I walked past the first time on Tuesday afternoon, and I’m actually quite happy with that one – so much so that I was going to make it my waterfall-Wednesday shot for this week. But on my way back west around the seawall, the curve of the rock and the reflection of the sunset colours really stood out and I knew I had to find a way to capture that scene.

The sun had set, and the rock faces north, so light was at a premium. I shrugged and let the camera do its auto-ISO thing – as expected, it chose 800 which is where photos start to get a bit hit-and-miss in terms of noise. But in this case, it worked out just fine thanks to the bumpy texture of the rock – smooth areas do very badly when it comes to noise at the higher ISO settings.

This might be my favourite photo of 2016 so far – it reminds me of the colour of some pottery glazes, as well as the black surface of fresh lava with its iridescent sheen. Of course, I prefer the full-size photo rather than the cropped Instagram version, but I’m still very happy with it. And it even garnered a like from a professional photographer whose work I admire greatly, so yeah, I’m happy with it 🙂

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