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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 )
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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
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TiaVon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here! :heart:
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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.
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octane2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
afo,

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.

Regards,
H
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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]
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:iconimouto-kun:
Imouto-kun Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Breathtaking capture!
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12avendesigner Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Artist
amazing photo and best name ! THanks for shot:D
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Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012   General Artist
Featured: [link]
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LewisMcGregor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Is the title from a poem or anything?
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octane2 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lewis,

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. :-)

Regards,
H
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LewisMcGregor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh ok, thanks! It's a real beautiful title, as is the photograph :)
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octane2 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lewis,

Thank you, for both compliments. :)

I have another shot in my gallery, titled, A Moment Forever which, I think, is even better than this image -- if you're interested. :)

Regards,
H
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LewisMcGregor Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No problem! That also looks good, I'll be sure to add you to my watch list :)
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing! You've perfectly captured the power of the nature here.
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gecko-online Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
excellent shot! very dramatic atmosphere! congratulations, as well for the well deserved DD! stay well! ;-)
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Pink-Tinta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Gorgeous !
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:iconajpastor:
AJPastor Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece has been featured in my gallery! [link] ^^
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mysolitaryground Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful ;)
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psyfre Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Beautiful :clap:
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sezmeralda Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
An amazing photo - I'd have gotten saturated too if it meant seeing both the magnificent waterfall and your stunning capture of it. I love the title too - very emotive. There's the start to a story here somewhere methinks!
~Sez
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octane2 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sez,

I really want to go back and do it again and see if I can pull something else off. I still have several images of this fall that are yearning to be processed. Ah, if only time allowed. ;)

As always, you rock. :)

Regards,
Hum
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sezmeralda Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
As long as we make the best with what time we have :D

Thank you Hum, but I think you rock more ;-)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011   General Artist
fantastic :)
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octane2 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Dan,

Thanks, mate!

Regards,
H
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011   General Artist
very welcome :D
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Andyw01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Superb!!!!!
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eswendel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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octane2 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Esa,

Thank you!

Regards,
H
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Wow. :-)
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Silverstormclouds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
If only life were that beautiful.....
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Neitheea Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
You've been featured here: [link] :w00t:
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Era-24 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The image me back to times as old as my soul can remember, it's amazing,I wish I could be your and be there.

I can see masked men who are born of the rocks
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Anastasia8888 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
WAFFLES
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Anastasia8888 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
SCARY MAN
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mosaol Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
There are shots I come across from time to time that make me stop and think "I wish I could have been there to take this myself". This is one of them, it's a beautiful shot in what looks to be an amazing place.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Its so etherial, it looks like an image composed from photoshop instead of something natural! Youve really captured something amazing here!
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHA! I thought I recognized those falls! I went to Milford Sound when I visited NZ a couple years ago. Beautiful place...and a gorgeous shot of the falls!
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Sepultura120 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I used this piece of ART here : [link]
Best wishes , and warm regards .
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Brilliand! :iconomgsocuteplz: :iconclapplz:
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eyesweb1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I like't :D
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
eyesweb1,

Thank you. I'm glad you do. ;)

Regards,
H
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existentialdefiance Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010   Photographer
This is just gorgeous - well done :)
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octane2 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
existentialdefiance,

Thank you for the kind compliment.

It's an image that I'm particularly fond of. The print looks sensational.

Regards,
H
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nadav-y Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Hi there :)
I've featured your work in my journal here - [link]
take a look if you like :D

have a nice day and week,
N.
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ArwenArts Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
= Gorgeous!
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earthlab Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
out of this world...
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photofairy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010   General Artist
perfectly awesome picture!
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RHCheng Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   Photographer
A stunning shot and a well deserved dd!
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
mh mh GREAT !!
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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400
Date Taken
May 4, 2009, 1:32:12 PM
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