And now for a Nature post from me...pure & unblemished nature.
It was around 1.30 p.m & the bus was leaving from Luang Prabang for the Kwang Xi falls. An hour ride on, we were there. Amidst the noise of the gushing waters & still elusive falls, we walked on a path with souvenir shacks on either side. No marks for guessing they were criminally expensive.
And then the falls…This was totally different… the wide, multi-tiered waterfall tumbled over limestone formations into a series of cool, turquoise green pools. It’s hard to believe that it hasn’t been man-made to look like a ‘jungle paradise’. The waterfall came down in pools like a champagne fountain with each pool tumbling into the lower one. We climbed a small path that went about 2/3 the way up the falls and by walking across a somewhat treacherous path of wet rocks licked by the fringes of the fall, we were able to get to a large pool. There was a sheer drop barred only by a waist-high bamboo pole on one side but after passing that, it was pretty safe.
A small bridge to the left of the frame has been made over the flowing waters.
I’ve posted 2 WS, the first one being the same image with less brightness & without frame. In the second, I had taken a small portion of the falls at high shutter speed (1/320 sec) Deliberately underexposed to get the white of the water foams.
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andante (7092) 2006-07-01 0:10
A little adjustment from the curves and levels, even in auto, will enhance the colors more. The thumbnail doesn't say much about this one, so it is a pleasant surprise to open it and see at its best. The people add to the sense of scale. Well done!
zeca (19762) 2006-07-01 1:12
For me, water is a great fascination! And this falls are wonderful! Nice capture, from nice POV, with very natural colours. Well done my friend!
sayan (2617) 2006-07-01 1:48
Dear Angshuman da,
This is an absolutely beautiful falls that you have captured. The people near the falls are indications of the fact how small we are in front of the vast and beautiful nature. Only thinng I donot like very much is the green colour of the frame that you chose here! Otherwise a perfect one for me.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-07-01 3:57
Wow, this is what I like, not people or architecture ;). Beautiful place. The photo is well composed with people to comparison of the hight of the waterfall.
Have a nice weekend.
ChrisJ (91200) 2006-07-01 4:08
A cool & refreshing spot for a dip on a hot summers day. I like the symmetry of thecascades & motion blur in the water. Good work!
tcht (7565) 2006-07-01 7:12
The framing & perspective is excellent. Your placement of the waterfall is good with it running through the whole frame (to right hand side as well). Nice natural frmaing of the fall with trees and I agree with Chris that it's a refreshing pic! informative WS & Notes too.
vinicio (23415) 2006-07-01 9:42
Fascinating waterfall Angshu, beautiful place indeed, good composition and DOF, compliments, also to your workshops.
pablominto (53744) 2006-07-01 10:38
I can feel the freshness in this place...
Waterfalls are always fascinating places, this is no exception!
I like the framing and the way water move in different directions...
A well composed image, I appreciate inclusion of the group of people for life & scaling!
riclopes (35567) 2006-07-01 12:13
I allways take pleasure in reading your notes. Indeed, this seems quite a paradise place, with an endless game of waterfalls in the midle of the jungle. I visited a place like this in Thailand...but what can ruin these places is the excess of tourists...No many seens in here and it's nice to see those for the scale. I would like to see more of the attractive water in foreground, but it must be dificult for you to get all this scenery in the composition. I don't see much diference bettween this and the ws, but this seems better. Also nice to see your capture experience of the foam. Good shot for this idylic scenery and nice to see a diferent post from you.
markstaples (15670) 2006-07-01 12:54
Beautiful image of these falls. I'm impressed as to the size of them ... the inclusion of the people definitely give this scale. There are lots of details to see. Nice work.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-01 13:56
Hi Angshu -what a lovely place, the light is not ideal and the colours look slightly washed out, but that does not take away the beauty of the natural wonders here.
emjleclercq (15778) 2006-07-01 16:25
Very nice view of this fall, which seems to have successives stpeps and finishes ito this large pool of tourquoise water in the foreground. Lotd of vegation everywhere and no disturbing sign of man apart from the samml peopl you have taken which give a very good idea of the height ofthe fall.
All the best to you,
pierrefonds (50972) 2006-07-01 19:07
A good POV of the Kwang Xi Falls, the photo is sharp and clear. It has a good DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
berek (32051) 2006-07-02 0:53
Beautiful nature place with a small water falls. good framing and details my friend. have a nice Sunday from the Istanbul
Meaning Sense :-)
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-07-02 2:41
Wow whar a beautiful place and excellent shot. Good composition beautiful waterfall.
feather (51128) 2006-07-02 4:09
This brings back memories Angshu; we hired a tuk-tuk so you can imagine the comfort of the journey. We also avoided most of the kiosks by walking through the forest past the successive heights of the smaller cascades and the rescued animals.
The landscape format for the high falls is a surprise, but it has enabled you to include more of the surroundings which I missed out with mine. The people do add scale even though at the time of taking you probably wished they weren't there.
The additional shot in the WS is good too and the under-exposure works to avoid the glare you may have got from the light on the whitest part. My personal preference is for slow speed waterfall shots, but you have well achieved your objective.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-07-02 13:09
Hi Angshu, marvelous mother nature, she is able to do such beautiful things and places all around the world ... we have to be able to protect that so that our children can have the chance to see it :))
Beautiful one :)
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-07-03 0:47
great composition and also the people in the pic is great too, lovely falls too
sergio1 (12152) 2006-07-03 4:07
Interestind note and great work to the picture. I like the compo and perspective. The expossure is nice too.
I like the falls
josepmarin (56471) 2006-07-03 11:22
This one is a pretty image of this beautiful corner. The falls, falling from the jungle, from beyond where our glance reaches, the surroundings with as much vegetation, and the people giving life to the set and creating a good reference of the majesty of the place, they are a splendid composition.
TeresaT (10806) 2006-07-04 17:23
Beautiful image of nature.
I like the green tones here.
And the fact that you've included the people here give us a notion of the size of the waterfalls.
aloyho (6798) 2006-07-06 3:45
This indeed is a very lovely waterfall and certainly a good place for shooting. I enjoyed the position you have taken as it shows the different levels of the fall cascading down the mountain. I must say that I preferred the one in WS as the darker atmosphere gives a better feel of the place. Well done!! Regards.
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-19 8:49
Hi, Angshu! Very nice falls, in a very good pic! Great POV and colours! Good note, too. Thanks for sharing, my friend! Best regards! Miguel.
clic (12465) 2006-09-11 19:10
Everything is freshness! Greenery is syptily lit by overcast skies for a softness look and waterfalls from everywhere bring the magic!
plimrn (21344) 2006-09-15 18:21
This popped up in random and I couldn'r resist the lovely waterfall, You've shared this paradise well.
Hellas (6619) 2007-02-16 3:56
great shot in a wonderful place.
Any man on planet would like to live forever there away from problems.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (52890)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-30 23:43