Amphitheatre waterfalls

Amphitheatre waterfalls: hidden gems of great beauty in sardinian back country.

Amphitheatre waterfalls. Sardinia is a region mostly renowned for its beaches and summer vacations destinations, being a mediterranean island; however, hidden in the back country there are so many amazing places that make Sardinia a real “treasure island”. One of the natural gems that I have had the pleasure to explore are the Lequarci waterfalls: as for many other waterfalls of the island, it’s possible to enjoy their beauty only after a rainy period, because they are fed by a torrential river. Therefore, during summer or a dry month, there are no waterfalls at all… Luckily, even if winter 2019/2020 has been quite dry, after a steep but not overly demanding trekking, I’ve reached the top of the plateau and I’ve found a sufficient flow to show the beauty and magnificence of Lequarci. The waterfall, branched in two main courses, takes a jump of 50 meters from a massive ridge of rock, to fall on a stony bed in the middle of a wood. The ridge’s shape, which resembles an amphitheatre, make the view on the valley even more scenic.
To capture this view I’ve used a 9 stops ND filters, which extended the exposure time, emphasizing in this way the water’s flow, and a 2 stops graduated ND filter to darken the sky a bit, avoiding to overexpose the brightest parts. Considering that the weather conditions and the light were about optimal, the photo editing that followed has been quite straightforward, requiring just some color and contrast adjustments made with the luminosity masking technique.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 119 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Sacred elements – The waterfall of Minoh in autumn

Sacred elements – The waterfall of Minoh.

Sacred elements. A view of the waterfall of Minoh, inside the Meiji-no-mori park, in early autumn. The Momiji tree that grows close to the wall of rock, whose harsh surface is polished by the flow of water, stretches toward the waterfall, as if it would breathe the air full of droplets.
Using a 6 stops ND filter, which extended the exposure time, I managed to emphasize the shape and the jumps of the waterfall, as well as smoothing out the surface of the pond.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 13 s
Aperture: F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Minoh Taki vertorama – Waterfall in the heart of the forest

Minoh Taki waterfall vertorama.

Minoh Taki vertorama. At the end of the gorge that runs between the mountains of Meiji-no-mori natural park, this 33m tall waterfall makes for an enchanting view. The luxuriant forest embraces this pond, hiding it from the outside.
To compose this vertical panorama I’ve taken 9 landscape-oriented shots, obtaining as a result a final image whith an unusual aspect ratio, similar to a scroll, with a resolution of about 98 MPixels. Moreover, every shot is a long exposure, thanks to the use of a 6 stops ND filter.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 65mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

Note that this photographed has been awarded with a Bronze Medal at the 2017 edition of EPSON International Pano Award.
 

 

Menotre waterfalls – Umbrian mountain range

Menotre waterfalls. Italy.

Just above the small town of Pale, in Umbria, the river Menotre canalizes into narrow fissures in the rocks, generating many waterfalls. This is one of the jumps which can be found in the wood.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Focal lenght: 10mm
Shutter time: 4 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Waterfhole – Sinkhole waterfall in Sardinia forested inland

Waterfhole. Sinkhole waterfall in Sardinia forested inland. Italy.

Sardinia, Italy. In a narrow canyon surrounded by limestone cliffs, a unique place forged by nature and by time is hidden in the deep of the forest: it’s a sinkhole with resurgence, whose waterfall feeds a pond. Depending on the time of the year and the weather, the waterfall can grow from a feeble stream to a roaring gush.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: Samyang 16mm f/2,0 ED AS UMC CS
Focal lenght: 16mm
Shutter time: 4,5 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100

 

 

Pilgrims at the Nachi no Taki waterfall in Kumano Kodo

Pilgrims at the Nachi no Taki waterfall in Kumano Kodo. Japan.

A couple of pilgrims visit the Nachi no Taki waterfall shinto shrine. More realistically they are tourists who want to live a more intense experience, anyhow they are dressed up in a very traditional way, as in the Heian era.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/125 s
Aperture: F/4.5
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: http://www.phoclab.com/wp/blog/kii-peninsula-sacred-nature-japan/

 

Contemplation, a close up of the of the Nachi no Taki waterfall

Contemplation, a close up of the of the Nachi no Taki waterfall. Japan.

Contemplation. A detail of the Nachi no taki waterfall. This is a famous destination among travelers and japanese people as well, because of its beauty and its spiritual importance (being part of the “Nachi Taisha” temple area).
In this picture I’ve focused on the details, which are the soul of its beauty: the particular color of the stone, the complex and almost perfect vertical flow of the water, with its many small jumps, the way it creeps between the fissures and the presence of a pine tree which pushes out toward the water, all of this creates an almost poetic and timeless scene that brings to my mind the ancient japanese scroll paintings.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO80
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan

This photograph has been awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 edition of the ND Awards: Contemplation – Category “Other”
 

 

Nachi no taki the waterfall spirit of Kumano Kodo

Nachi no taki, the waterfall spirit. Japan.

Nachi no Taki waterfall, near the important Nachi Taisha shinto shrine in Kumano Kodo, Kii peninsula. This is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Japan, and one of the most important because it embodies the spirit of Hiryu Gongen, a worshipped “kami” of Kumano Kodo. The view of the waterfall from its base and the roaring sound of the impact with the rocks makes you feel tiny and reveal the possible presence of the “kami” within this wondrous manifestation of the power of nature.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/25 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan
 

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