Water Theme

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Croton Dam Spillway ` 

 The New York City Water supply is the largest and most complicated system in the world. New Croton Dam is 100 years old and one of the larger dams that form one of the may Reservoirs.  Finished in 1909, it has a unique stepped spillway to handle the overflow into the Croton River. .


 Taken from the bridge in above photo showing spillway continuing around the corner.


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 


 Sometimes there’s just too much of it.  This was taken at Bartlett lake this past spring after a relatively wet winter for Arizona. I had to crop the end of a boat out on the right, otherwise it’s pretty much intact.

Pentax k20d, DA 12-24mm @ 16mm, ISO 320, F/5.6, 1/320 sec.


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,  Denmark


 I took this about a year ago, in Yosemite. Were there with a group of Nikonians. It is the upper half of Yosemite Falls and the idea were to get the sun hitting the water while the cliffs still in the shadows.

 Regards,  Jens


Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 


 I really wanted to get a different sort of water shot, but haven’t had time to shoot anything new/interesting, so will resort to my last dew/flower refraction shot. I think this is one of my better ones, because of the angle I shot it at. More of the flowers and drops are in focus. When you shoot straight on, you tend to get one or the other. That’s why so many people focus stack these types of things. Anyway, here’s my Sunflower refraction shot. (D90/Sigma 150@ 1/500, f/13, natural light, no crop)



  Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia


I’ve named this one “Silky stairs”. This photo is now over two years old, it was taken on my first photo trip with my photo club. Nice memories. 🙂 Anyway, Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-55@42mm. ISO 100, f32, 2.5 sec.

I’m curious what this special theme will bring us. 


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 


Hi Everyone.     You had to suspect that the subject of water, would  bring me back to the water drops.

 I  wanted to try something a bit different and get more drops falling  at the same time to see what would happened.   I punched 2 holes in the plastic bag and this is one of the results . Hope you like this as it has renewed my interest in the water drops.  There may be more coming in the future 🙂

 D300  f/16 shutter 1/125  ISO200  Manual  SB 600 off camera


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 


 I’m probably no different to many in that I’m drawn to water like a magnet to metal.  I have always lived close to the coast and when I lived inland it was on the banks of a beautiful, large clear water river so I’ve never been too far from water.

 My contribution to the water theme special email issue is an image I took last year in the Southern Hemisphere’s late autumn.  Autumn in my part of the world is my favourite season, often providing the most stable and agreeable outdoor climate.  This image was taken on the Gippsland Lakes on an Autumn night.  The air was cool and breathless, not a leaf stirred in the trees and not a ripple to be had on the water.  The sky was as clear as I’ve ever seen and the star light was dazzling.   I really enjoyed sitting on the shore of this tiny cove with my tri-pod taking some multi second exposures of a pair of small jetties and the boats moored at them.  Despite being captured in the dark, this is one of my all time favourite water images.

 This exposure also had a weak pole light to illuminate the entire length of the jetty in the frame.  The image was taken with a D700 + 17-35mm AF-S Nikkor @ 28mm, f/8,  5 seconds,  ISO 200


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 


 Hello Everybody,

My water photo is of a tea my friend made for me on Monday. She is a great tea lover and she prepares the most wonderfully flavoured teas I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste. This one was made up in a big jag, she dropped a tea-ball, that looked like a dry, little ball into the jag and when she poured a hot water over it, the ball started opening up and changed into the flower. It was a pleasure to drink this tea, as the flavour was very delicate, fruity and fragrant and it was also very appealing visually.

 I look forward to seeing all your photos, water is a great subject to photograph and view.   Have a lovely week. Jana   


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan


 One of the photos I took on the trip to cherry blossom DC.  My main photo archive in HDDs has not arrived yet…

D700, 24-70 @45, f/11, 6 sec, ISO 200, all manual,  on tripod

See the larger version at http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p363212668/hc47fd9a#hc47fd9a


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 


 This shot was taken in the middle of May this year during a midweek mystery tour that my wife had booked for us so that we could both have a break.  We stopped off at a beach along the way and this is where I came across a sea gull that appeared to impersonate the gait of John Cleese in Faulty Towers.

 Camera:     Nikon D200 Lens:                 AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Settings:    200 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 100 (Manual, hand held)


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida


 This should be a fun thread. I can’t wait to see water expressed 22 ways. Living in Florida, I have thousands of water photo’s to choose from. This picture is one of my favorite shots. I was watching a dolphin feeding on this school of mullet. They were only 30-40 feet away from me. The dolphin would herd them into a tight group and then attack. It was an amazing thing to see so close up. I was so glad I was there at the right moment. I wish this picture had sound. The noise the mullet trying to escape is loud. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 VR, 400mm, F/13, 1/400ss, ISO 320. 


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 


  Muscat waterfront, Mutrah area, one of the most interesting city to visit in this part of the world, very nice combination of sea and mountain, old and new, tradition and modern.

Shot taken with Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 ZF lens, Kodak Ektachrome E100G


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina


 I was thinking what to send for this Water Special. I had made some new pics about water but didn’t like them. I even try playing with drops…no a single one presentable, all deleted….I have to practice more!. When I received an e-mail from the organizers of a Anual Photo Exhibition, that the 2 pics I had send them had been acepted to be part of the exhibition. Sadly I didn’t won any of prizes or money that were awarded in the competition but at least be part of the show  is something.

Both had water as main theme so I decide to send Joseph the two of them. Lazy as I am I will let Jopeph decide what to choose to be part of the special or use both.
Both were taken during my trip to Iguazu Falls last year and were posted in Photo.net.  


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia


 This is a nice quiet shot of the southeast coast of Australia.

Nikon D100 50mm f4.0 1/320 ISO 200


Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway


 Not a recent picture from me in this water Special, but a shot made one year ago, and to remind us of those long warm summer evenings to come.  I saw this motive when I was out driving, and luckily there was a bus stop just a few meters ahead, so I was able to stop and go back.  The water rings from the bait hitting the water was something I saw only when I got home.  So sometimes you are just lucky…. 🙂

 D300, f9, 1/400 sec, ISO 800, Sigma 50-150 


Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 


 Well, I had one or two from my files picked out to send.  I cannot find where I wrote down which folders they were in.  I took some this weekend while we were camping with our grandchildren.  So I am sending one of those, although I think the others I had picked out were better.  I really need to have some time to spend on organizing my photos.  Anyway…….
This is a small dam holding back a small lake that is running into a very BIG lake.  Bay Springs lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.  We were fishing here with our boys.  We camped at Piney Grove which is a very nice COE campground on the Bay Springs Lake.  They are spending another day or two with us, so I might not get anything in for Tuesday.  Will try to though.
This was taken at 70mm, AF-A, F/8, 1/600s, manual, auto ISO 400.
Can’t wait to see everyone’s photos.  Have a good week!


Joseph Leotta Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 Lake Champlain Sunset – Burlington Vermont


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 


  Nikon D2Xs, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, Aperture Priority, f/2.8, 1/3000sec @52mm, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

Water is one of my favorite subject and have many more photos but I preferred to post a dynamic scene. There was a special day event for “Wrokoman Day” (it means Labour Day in Sranan Tongo language) at 1st of May 2010. Workers were handling and transferring water trays from truck. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California 


  The Pacific Coast in January – the rugged Marin County coast between Tennessee Beach and Muir Beach – “Pirates Cove”.   Canon EOS 40D, 16-35 2.8L lens at 30mm, f/11, ISO 200.

I always love looking at this shot and printed it on my calendar. Ken Papai


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan


  D90 – 1/250sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@27mm – ISO 500 – Aperture Priority 

This shot was taken looking southwest from Old Mission Peninsula in Michigan.  The peninsula separates Grand Traverse West Bay from East Bay.  At one time this was a major shipping route to and from the main body of Lake Michigan.  The lighthouse is behind me and it’s pretty easy to see why a lighthouse is needed in these waters.  It was raining when I took the shot.  Although you can see the horizon, the sky, clouds and water blended together to form a near perfect extension of the waterline.


Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 


  So here I present something I’ve shot back in January of this year, but have not processed until today. Water – – I photograph a lot of water, but it’s rarely the subject. And I wasn’t on this occasion either. I was photographing birds in water & I was following this special duck species when it dove into the water in search for food. This is what I got, & in many ways I’d consider it a dud (since I was photographing the bird) – but I guess it really works for this. Well at least I hope so. It also explains my strange settings as the birds have a lot of white & black. So in order to protect the highlights, I have a heavy – EV.

D700, 300mm f/4 Nikkor, TC (don’t ask which) 1.4x at 420mm, ISO 400, 1/2500s, Aperture priority, -1 EV  I have reduced the quality of this shot more than I normally do, so I’m hoping it holds up. A high quality version can be seen here

http://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h29d0b15a#h29d0b15a   I’ve titled this – “Where Did the Bird Go?” and I hope you will enjoy.


Special Water Bonus Photo  

 Alejandro Held – Iguazu Falls


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