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Chitrakoot



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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at Chattisgarh, India. I have visited there in the monsoon season to see the Chitrakoot Falls for it's greatest view.
Time
This may be the most loved photograph of mine. Due to heavy rain I couldn't took a decent shot of my wish in my three day's tour of Chitrakoot falls. When we were returning about 10. A.M. the rain suddenly paused for an hour, I immediately ran about 1 kilometer from the guest house for desired spot, put the camera on tripod used some ND filters to make the flowing water blur and took my first water falls image.
Lighting
I wanted to shoot this scene at early morning or at late evening through long exposure to create silky smooth of flowing water. But due to heavy rain at that time it was not possible for me, as I have not taken any rain cover for my camera gears. So, I had to be in patient and wait for a chance but I was hopeless and we were ready to leave the place suddenly that moment appeared for which I was waiting for three days. The rain stopped for an hour and I have got a very mild and diffused light due to heavy cloud in the late morning.
Equipment
I was an amateur to take long exposure shots at that time. So I had no practical sense for requirement and preparations for this kind of photographs. I used Nikon D7000 Camera body along with 18-55 kit lens and a very low cost Simpex tripod with very non famous plastic or raisin square type ND and graduated ND filters.
Inspiration
This is a very big water falls amazed me with it's power, strength, energy and with it's vastness. I have been stunned by it's beauty with it's dangerous motion. A very beautiful abstract scene as it looks like a painters painting and the abstract form of cloud which compliments the falls and the rocky steps of the river namely Irabati creates the patterns which leads nicely through the image into the distant end, I had been inspired by this marvelous natures creation.
Editing
I had done only Black and white in post processing using Nik collection's Silver Effex.
In my camera bag
Nowadays I have Nikon Z6 camera body, Nikon Z 24-70 f/4 lens, Nikon Z 14-30 f/4 lens, Nikon F 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 lens, Nikon F 200-500 f/5.6 lens(optional) and Nikon FTZ adapter, Vanguard Alta Pro 2+263 CT Carbon Fibre Camera Tripod, Vanguard BBH-100 Magnesium Tripod Ball Head, Nisi Professional Kit square filters and polarizer filter in a Lowepro Whistler Backpack 350 AW II bag.
Feedback
If someone wants to take a water falls' shot do it in rainy season in low light situation. First choose your composition which appeals you most then setup your camera in a sturdy tripod, make a very small aperture as possible. Do auto focus where you want to do and then turn it into manual focus then put the ND filters in front of your lens for long exposures to create silky smooth blur water waves. If someone is not very familiar in manual mode then use shutter priority mode, calculate and set the time you need for your exposure. Use of polarizing filters enhances the details in water, if you wants to include sky in your waterfalls scene then use a focal length 35mm or above. Remove UV filters from lens. Use exposure compensation or exposure bracketing for getting advantage in post processing. In DSLR block the view finder's eye piece by it's cap or putting black tape for light leaks.To avoid minimum shake for DSLR use mirror lockup, this feature is available in most DSLR's if you using mirror less camera then you are free from mirror movement. Apply the shutter by remote or cable release or in timer mode.

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