Mellifluous meanderings

Mellifluous meanderings

Photo Information
“Touch us gently, Time! Let us glide adown thy stream, Gently, - as we sometimes glide Through a quiet dream!”

Barry Cornwall, English poet
(1787 – 1874)

The waters of the River Dart babbling over small falls in a side channel, separated from the main flow by an ‘eyot’ (river island). Near Buckfastleigh in South Devon.

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens

Manfrotto 190XProB tripod
Manfrotto 498RC2 panoramic ball-head

Hoya circular polarizer

Aperture = f/19
Exposure durations = 3, 15 and 30 seconds
Focal length = 32mm
ISO = 200
Manual mode
Spot-metering pattern
Manual focus
White Balance: Cloudy

This High Dynamic Range image was created from 3 RAW files (manual bracketing -2, 0, +2 ev) – using Photomatix Pro 3.27
26/03/2013 - 11:06morpheus71
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter SpeedN/A
Focal LengthN/A


Link Posted 26/03/2013 - 14:53
You have such wonderful visual imagination to be able to look into a bunch of stones & see this!
Best Regards, Larry.

All the gear & no idea.


Link Posted 26/03/2013 - 15:08


Link Posted 26/03/2013 - 15:17
Agree with the above



Link Posted 26/03/2013 - 16:42
A beautifully rendered image.
Best wishes,


"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
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Link Posted 26/03/2013 - 17:26
Pure Poetry


Link Posted 26/03/2013 - 20:29
Thanks very much to Larry, Maria, Stan, Andrew and Giulio for your very generous comments.

This river channel / river island area is for me an ongoing project I suppose. It is somewhere that I have launched off on many kayaking adventures, to join the main flow of the Dart River.. but on my first visit it struck a chord and has made me feel compelled to visit it many mores times to study its ambience.

The moors, hills and coast nearby woo me easily with their grandeur of form, readily discernable lines/ curves.

This stretch of water and its rocky bed have made me explore the more intimate details, looking for some sense of coherence, harmony or juxtapositions in colour, form, textures and patterns.

Being less obvious than the classical landscape structures it offers me a more meditative approach to my photography, to wade in the waters, to explore many possibilities before placing the tripod into the river itself.

Feeling the pressure and flow of water over my wellington boots adds to the sense of connectivity to this environment in my way of thinking.

The river channel/ river island here is but 70m long and in it are doubtless scores of images to be made in many lighting conditions... this project is in its infancy I feel.

Why do I keep going back and standing in those waters in cold wellington boots in autumn and winter I wonder, I don't know the answer to that question... all that I know is I can't not return to explore.
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Link Posted 27/03/2013 - 00:00
Impressive work. - mary.


Link Posted 27/03/2013 - 00:42
Thank you very much Mary My earlier comments made me feel it might be worth a bit of 'Phil-osophy' in a blog post
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Link Posted 28/03/2013 - 11:55
Mellifluous is such a nice word! It matches the photo perfectly!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)


Link Posted 02/04/2013 - 16:26
Lovely shot
Kodac Brownie, Pentax Spotmatic SP, Pentax ME, Pentax P30 2x, Pentax MZ 10, Pentax MZ 7,Pentax MZ S, Pentax Z1, Pentax 28-105 Powerzoom, Pentax 28-80 Powerzoom, A 28mm F/2.8, A 50mm F/1.4, Pentax AF-500FTZ ,

Canon 5D mkII, Canon EOS 1D mkIV, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 usm, Canon EF 70-200 F/4 L USM, Canon EF 100-400 f/5,6 L USM, Canon EF 100mm F/2.8 Macro USM, Canon EF 28mm f/1,8, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 usm, Tamron 28-75 F/2.8 SP AF XR Di II, Samyang 8mm f/3,5 Fisheye,
Raynox DCR250 -
Redged: RTA-432 + 804RC2, Manfrotto: 058B Triaut + XPro 3way Geared Head, Basic Tripod 190XB + 804RC2 Basic Pan/Tilt Head - MonoPod 681B + 486RC2 BallHead -
Nodal Ninja 3 MKII Panoramic Tripod Head [/i]


Link Posted 03/04/2013 - 11:22
Thanks very much for the encouraging comments from Paul and Pentaxfriend
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