Bubbles Turn into Spirals (Cuyahoga Valley National Park)
I'd come across this article on a photography web site a few years back (digital-photography-school.com/9-top-tips-for-shooting-wa...). Much of my interests had been in using longer exposure with waterfalls, wanting to capture that silky water look. But there was a "hidden gem," if you will, in that article that I'd wanted to capture for a long while but never seemed to have that chance: spirals in water. I'd come to appreciate that it quite often depends on many things such as the flow rate of water and the water being forced to move around in circles (rather than flowing straight downstream). So when I was walking the backside of Brandywine Gorge Trail Loop, I came across a creek that seemed like it might work for a first time practice. I set up my Nikon SLR camera on a tripod and used my CamRanger hooked with my iPhone to both compose and meter this image. I then adjusted until I found the spiral of bubbles! I was then able to work with control points and color control points in Capture NX2 to bring out the contrast, saturation and brightness I wanted.