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Ventnor Fountain

Taken at Ventnor Botanic Gardens at the beginning of March 2007 this is one of the pictures I recently submitted to a magazine for inclusion in a piece I had written.( edit: A product review for WhatDigitalCamera)
Apart from cropping and resizing and a tweak of contrast this is how it came out of the camera.

Ventnor Fountain

Taken at Ventnor Botanic Gardens at the beginning of March 2007 this is one of the pictures I recently submitted to a magazine for inclusion in a piece I had written.( edit: A product review for WhatDigitalCamera)
Apart from cropping and resizing and a tweak of contrast this is how it came out of the camera.

comments (30)

Very nice, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
This is a great shot Ellie. Hard to believe you didn't edit further. It looks as though you used a combination of softening and sharpening to achieve the blur effect of the background and sharpness of the splashes of water and the fountain itself. Excellent work.
EJWilkins: I used a fast shutterspeed to catch the movement. The trees in the background are some distance away from the fountain which is why they're soft. I'd have no idea know how to edit something to get the same effect. smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 16 May 2007, 00:33
Great work Ellie. I don't think I've ever captured fountain-water the way I'd like to, despite lots of experimentation with different shutter speeds and so on.
EJWilkins: There are so many different ways of capturing water, some people like it 'frozen', some people like it soft and slow. It's worth experimenting though, can be fun smile
The zigzag shape of the water is captivating. Well done.
EJWilkins: I thought so too, and it was the same pattern on each of the pictures I took that day. I wonder if it's to do with the angle of the spout or something
Very creative and striking.
EJWilkins: Thanks Mary smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 May 2007, 01:17
Hi Ellie. I am really taken with the zig zag of "frozen" water...I guess that is what "snapshot" means. What was the subject of the story for which this was an illustration?
EJWilkins: Hi Ray, it was a product review and this was a 'sample' picture using relatively high ISO. I liked the zig-zag too smile
Nicely done, Ellie! I love the water action on this one. smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Kay smile
LOL, did you have somebody shake the fountain to take this shot? What was the article about and where was it published?
EJWilkins: Now there's a thought .. organise a mini earthquake at exactly the right moment wink WhatDigitalCamera, which is I think a UK only publication, this month's edition
Lovely timing Ellie. The water tripping out at the bottom adds the sense of completion to this pic. Like the way you have framed this - great shot smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Thomas smile
Oh, very nicely shoted Ellie... Fantastic minuscule water drops !
EJWilkins: Merci beaucoup Roland smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 May 2007, 07:00
The water droplets flying almost look like snow, Ellie. And as Thomas said, the spill-over from the basin absolutely "finishes" this capture. Super composition (as always!).

As you see, we all want to know more about the magazine article!!! smile
EJWilkins: And the camera was resting on the back of a wooden bench too! wink

WhatDigitalCamera, this month's edition. I don't know if you can read it outsied UK though
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 16 May 2007, 07:57
Cool, what was the peice about?

EJWilkins: TY Suby smile
It was about a camera, in WhatDigitalCamera, this month. Don't know if you'd think it's any good though ...
Nicely done !!!
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Realmente, Ellie, es un fantástico recorte para mostrarnos este precioso detalle de la fuente. Me gusta mucho.!

Really, Ellie, is a fantastic cut to show this precious detail to us of the fountain. I like much!
EJWilkins: Thank you for your generous comment Jose. I am glad you like the detail of the water smile
Gracias por su comentario abundante Jose. Estoy alegre usted tengo gusto del detalle del agua smile
Beautiful shot Ellie. The water patterns are really nice.
EJWilkins: Thanks ANup smile
I think this might be one of your best. So your writing articles now ? Come on spill the info, what's it about and what mag is it in ?
EJWilkins: wink WhatDigitalCamera, May edition.
Very nice water splash smile
Great shape of the water coming out of the fountain
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
good timing...
EJWilkins: ... and a handy bench to use as a camera support wink
Very nice indeed. This short of photography is right up my street!!
EJWilkins: Glad you like it David smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 16 May 2007, 16:18
come on ellie spill the beans. is this the first article or have there been others. lovely capture of the water. i must try martins technique out.
EJWilkins: I think Martin's idea is a good one too. A product review in WhatDigitalCamera, not my first ever product review, but the first with my own pictures. smile
I like this picture. The background is perfect, for such a picture like this. The action of the falling water is also very well set into the picture. But anyway, it's a great picture! Well done smile !
EJWilkins: Than you very much Tim, I really appreciate your comment. I'm so pleased you like the picture and the detail it shows
  • chris p
  • the land of Nod!
  • 16 May 2007, 18:14
Ah, I think I recognise this wink
EJWilkins: Of course you do, and I think you probably remember me moving the bench too, so it was in the right place wink
The way the water stands out against the green background is great - I like the composition as well smile
EJWilkins: Thank you Aksel smile
Hi Ellie and many thanks, first, for your com on The Old Paris. Well if you have the possiblity to come to Paris one day, let me know, it will be a pleasure to guide for some hours in the heart of Paris... I don't pretend to know it by heart but I know places and things that do not appear in the guides !!

A very nice composition for this fountain, I like the water which looks frozen, tones and colours are warm, nice DOF too. To be short : well done Ellie !
EJWilkins: I would dearly love to visit your area of Paris Florence, if I ever get the chance I promise to let you know. smile Thank you
  • mal
  • 16 May 2007, 22:32
really cool capture El, this fast shutter speed has given the trail of water a snake like life force. mal
EJWilkins: It's funny, isn't it, how the choice of shutterspeed can affect how we 'see' water. Your pictures always have such a dreamy quality that is quite magical, this one I think looks more like ice, with the water frozen in time
  • Didyimage
  • 16 May 2007, 22:36
Lovely effect Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Daniel smile
That's a beaut!
EJWilkins: Thanks Josie smile
Very nice! I love the water spurt. (I never was one of those that like the long-exposure water shots.)
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 18 May 2007, 18:28
Wonderful! I just love the splashing water. Great composition. smile
Very sharp - A great success ! Bravo smile

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