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The Elephant Falls: Three-Tier Waterfall

The Elephant Falls: Three-Tier Waterfall
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-22
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S N
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-16 2:31
Viewed: 4573
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The capital state of Meghalaya, Shillong has been entitled as the 'Scotland of the East'. This is because of its aesthetic, graceful and picturesque landscapes. The city is bestowed with some quintessential sightseeing facilities like the Ward Lake or the Botanical Garden. But what holds attention of the tourists are the waterfalls in and around Shillong. Among them the Elephant Falls of Meghalaya holds the prime attention.

Elephant Falls is situated at the outskirts of the main city of Shillong. It is almost 12 kms away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The unique part of Elephant Falls in Meghalaya is that it is a three-tier waterfall set in the dingles of the rocks. The third part trails down and is not seen in this frame. Third Part of Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls at Meghalaya solely holds the attraction of Upper Shillong. Specially in the rainy seasons, Elephant Falls comes to its full vigor and justifies its name. Let apart the tourists, even the locals cannot resist the temptation of an outing in the months of July and August. These are the two months that witnesses a huge crowd in this place. Elephant Falls of Meghalaya is a must visit tourist destination of Meghalaya.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5803 W: 89 N: 14914] (62525)
  • [2009-10-16 3:31]

Hi Subash,another great choice of point of view to understand at the best these beautifuls waterfalls,thanks at you i'm discover unknown wonderfuls corners of your country,thanks for your work,have a nice day,LUCIANO

A very effective and dramatic display of a waterfall among greeneries Subhash, from a very good vantage point, longer exp. time would produce a much "mellower" effect. TFS it MF.

Just as Mehmet has remarked, a slow shutter speed succeeds in giving the flowing water a smooth, cascading effect, Subhash, though I myself have not been able to master the technique yet. I guess you need a tripod too for this approach.
I like the tumbling flow too and this series of falls looks beautiful amid verdant surroundings.
Thanks and regards.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2009-11-21 22:06]
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Hi Subhash

You did a fine job with this lovely cascading waterfall. Although the waterfall is very
central in the image I am of the opinion that the composition is very successful. This
is because of the various degree of framing achieved from the vegetation visible on
the sides of the fall. I also like the fact that you show the different levels of the river
and the waterfall. Starting at the top where we see a bit of the stream leading to the
1st phase of the cascade and then the water plunge down to the little pool only to fall
down the 2nd stage of the cascade.

The lighting control was excellent. The fact that you had darkish foliage on either side
of the white churning water. If one is not careful to balance out the luminosity then you
might find that the plants tend to under expose and the agitating water tends to over
expose. You have achieved a fine balance. Photographing a water one also need to
consider how one want to reflect the fall. Sometimes it is better to have a faster shutter
speed thereby freezing the flow of the fall, but sometime one need to consider a longer
exposure to obtain a nice and smooth flow of water. With this cascade and parts of the
river and the pool showing I think the better choice was the faster shutter speed. The
reason for this opinion is that with a slow shutter you would have had one long blurred
mass of water from the top of the image throughout to the bottom where the water
finally disappeared out of sight. Therefore, it also would have had an effect on the level
of detail seen in the pool. It does remain a matter of taste after all.

Well done MF (even on auto) and TFS.

PS. Thanks for your visit and kind comments to my flying Impalas.

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