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November 26, 2009
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/64 second
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 4, 2009, 1:32:12 PM
Of Ghost and Glass by octane2 Of Ghost and Glass by octane2
The magnificent Stirling Falls at Milford Sound.

Stirling Falls is nestled at the base of a mountain called Elephant Trunk which faces another mountain called The Lion. At 151 metres in height, these falls are three times the height of Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls trumps this with its width, however.

In this image, I have presented the base of the falls. The wispy shape of the falling water resembles ghostly figures suspended in animation, and the impact of the spray then creates the illusion of broken glass on the lake. Keen-eyed observers may discern shapes resembling faces, or skulls, in the mist; a tortuous ghostly face screams out in eternal agony as cloaked and hooded faceless figures look on at the spectacle before them.

I got sprayed from head to toe in the process of making this photograph. It was definitely worth the slight discomfort.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
1/60s f/5.6 at 40.0mm iso400

Edit: stoked at my second Daily Deviation. Thank you so much :iconkkart: (^kkart) for featuring me.
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Given 2010-02-05
Of Ghost and Glass by *octane2 A very creative and unique take on what would be considered the standard waterscape scenic, and this just has it! It really conveys the power of water and does so beautifully ( Featured by kkart )
This picture is absolutely breathtaking for several reasons.
First of all, the details that you have captured in this picture with the long exposure is wonderful. I love how the motion of the waterfall and rivulets of water on the rock are captured and frozen in your shot.
Next, I love the color (or lack of color). I'm a big fan of black and white pictures! Despite the lack of color in this picture, there is excellent contrast in this picture to allow for the gray scale coloration to work so well.
All in all, I think this picture is wonderful. I hope you will eventually make this available as a print on dA.
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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A truely breathtaking photo! o.o
TiaVon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here! :heart:
action-figure-opera Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
"of ghosts and glass". That phrase is incredibly familiar, but I can't put a finger on it.
octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Photographer

It was the first thing that came into my head. I was chatting on MSN with my neighbour and when I mentioned what I thought the title should be, she just said, "Perfect". I stuck with it. :)

As for whether it's been used by anyone else before, I have no idea.

action-figure-opera Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Aha! I found out where I've seen it before. It's the name of a song. [link]
Imouto-kun Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Breathtaking capture!
12avendesigner Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Artist
amazing photo and best name ! THanks for shot:D
Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012   General Artist
Featured: [link]
LewisMcGregor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Is the title from a poem or anything?
octane2 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Photographer

No, the title isn't from a poem or the like. It was just the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the finished image. :-)

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