Saturday, June 08, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Creek chiaroscuro

Creek chiaroscuro
Creek chiaroscuro.
Suburban wilding.
Look and listen.

Rapids on Burnt Fork Creek in Mason Mill Park: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA. 21 May 2024.


  • Chiaroscuro (kē-är″ə-skoo͝r′ō)
    "In art, chiaroscurois the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. Chiaroscuro originated in the Renaissance period but is most notably associated with Baroque art."

  • Geeky:
    Out and about that day with neither a neutral density filter nor tripod to take a longer shutter-speed exposure of the (tiny) waterfall, I braced myself against a tree and snapped six photos in quick succession at a relatively fast shutter speed (1/200 second), all the while trying not to move or shake the camera. Later, back at home, I aligned and blended the six photos in post-processing, creating an effect that simulated a long exposure (but only for the creek itself). What fun!

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays.
  • Photo 23 of 52, for year 2024. See a hi-res version on Flickr: here.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    • Lens: Olympus M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
    • Settings: 66 mm | 1/200 sec | ISO 400 | ƒ/4.5

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