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When Darkness Falls by NicolasAlexanderOtto When Darkness Falls by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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_______Tech Info

   Pentax K20D
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/8
   Shutter Speed: 0,7s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 11mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 2:38pm

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   I took quite some different compositions of this particular spot being the Gollinger Waterfall in Austria during my visit. I already uploaded a colored, vertical format some time ago but still I wanted to have a classic b/w of this spot due to all the interesting contrasts one can play with but also because the place does offer certain possibilities to conjure a feeling of danger and almost a sort of witchery if treated right. I tried to give it a hint of haunted forest one may say. If you think of it, couldn't there live some Vodyanoy right below the falls? Something ancient and old guarding the place from intruders? It's quite remarkable what folklore was actually told back in the early days about this site. I just love how imaginative people of the past were, it still seemed there was magic to nature unlike nowadays where we have a wholly different approach to nature. I'm more of a scientific thinker as well but sometime I like to revel in such fantasies.

   It's like often my images (also of others of course) for me transcend their sole state becoming a setting for imaginative figures and fiction which goes way beyond the borders of the frame. Not only preserving an impression I witnessed at a certain point in time but also adding to it so much more. When I look at a picture I see different layers the scientific one, the actual story behind it, the message it might entail, the technical and artistic facts but also everything that marks the place magic somehow. Guess I like to think there is more to photography than "just" catching light.


   Here is the beforementioned colored, vertical format:

   Vagrant Story by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great choice going to mono, works well!
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks bro, glad you like it. ;)
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icarus-ica Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
stimmt alles hier , top :thumbsup:
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Danke. :)
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SvenMueller Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Coole Sache! Gefällt mir gut. :clap:
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Vielen Dank :bow:
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inner-light Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture !!

How is the Sigma EX 10-20mm ?
I'm looking to buy a super-wideangle lens and I'm really confused with the current options...
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Well it's not the sharpest I would guess but still very good for the price (I've payed 350€ for a used one). I assume the new 10-20 f/3,5 might be better maybe even better than the famous Tokina 11-16 or 12-24 which have the best reputation as far as I know.
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inner-light Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you very much for the feedback !
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
No problem, been in the same situation a while back. ;)
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Andyw01 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Wonderful
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psyfre Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
I really like the composition and the tones are broodingly fantastic! Lovely work mate.
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
:D Thanks a lot. ;)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
That's incredible. In this case, I think the shadow clipping really makes this work. Beautiful and moody, very well done!
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks, just wonder if the shadows still look good in a printed version. :paranoid:
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JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Photographer
Gefällt mir wirklich sehr! Die Komp. ist klasse!
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Vielen Dank. ;)
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DanielleMiner Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you have been featured here [link]
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks, I do certainly appreciate the exposure. :)
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mattyhype Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   Interface Designer
I like both versions, but find this one more magnetic.
I like the horizontal comp better and the trees along the bank are (in fact that whole side of the background) seems mystical.
Great job! (On both)
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks. Good to know that people think the horizontal version has some advantages to it. ;)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
stunning mono shot :nod:
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks mate :highfive:
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
welcome :D
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Argolith Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the composition and the intense contrasts. The picture has a lot of impact.
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Glad you like it, hoped that people would pay some attention to this one because normally my bws get only little notive compared to my colored ones. ;)
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Arabian-TigerFoot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty!! :) I like the blk -wht for this shot!
There is something about blk and wht photos that just capture something special!
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Hehe, yeah I figured each version has a certain touch to it, giving each a distinct feeling. Glad you like it.
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Arabian-TigerFoot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I agree with your thought! :) I enjoy beautiful photography! and yours is lovely! :)
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks for the kind words :bow: :D
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MJ86v1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
nice shot
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great contrast
excellent work
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks. :)
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
np
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   Photographer
Such a beautifull waterfall :wow: great choice of B/W as dark as I love :nod: the exposure and the point of view are perfect ;-)
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Hehe, thank you. Been thinking about this place for so many years finally getting to shot it was quite a pleasure. But I guess the composition came somewhat natural for there are only so many perspectives it actually looks that awesome. :D
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TheBudyMan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I love it, good job ;-)
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thank you. :)
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Meema Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot. Well done.
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ScottJWyatt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautiful photo! Great detail.
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thank you. :)
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jonathanjessup Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Truly a wonderful shot! Beautiful. Super. Much better than the vertical imo.
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks. Good thing I edited a horizontal one for the BW also thought about using another vertical shot. ;)
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DuxXPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Fantastic! I like BW conversion too!
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:iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Thanks. Although I think B/W conversions aren't that hard to pull off. :D
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Very nice shot
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