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the big panorama - white ribbon falls | by Jeff Epp
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the big panorama - white ribbon falls

in karuizawa japan there is a waterfall called white ribbon falls. it stretches around and around, with a small amount of water falling over this wide area, creating a small pool that then continues cascading over rapids on its way through the mountains. it is breathtaking - for two reasons. first, it is a most spectacular sight. and second, the water is really cold, and mist and cold air from the falls fills the narrow valley. it is like walking through a fantasy world, with all the mist, and if you're wearing shorts, your upper body is warm, but your feet and legs will get cold from the cold draft. it was remarkable.


this picture was my attempt to capture the main pool as big as possible. it is stitched together from 4 shots. the problem was i used a wide angle lens, and stitching them together was next to impossible because of the distortion caused by the wide angle. two and a half hours later, this picture is the fruit of my labour.


it is of course best viewed in the original size.

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Uploaded on July 22, 2005