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Gore Creek Under Bridge - Capturing Emotion in a Still Image

The Art of Photographing a Water Body is a Reward in Itself


Wilsonville, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/21/2014 -- There can be nothing more rewarding, nor challenging that photographing a landscape with a water body. When approached with technical perfection and infused with genuine emotion, the water body can be brought to life through a single photograph. Case in point, David Frate’s artistic photograph of the Gore Creek Under a covered footbridge.

It is a generally accepted point of view that the flow of thoughts or emotion that one feels while watching the lilting movement of a river or creek cannot be replicated anywhere else, except, in a photograph. While this might seem like an oxymoron – to capture the feeling of a moving river in a still image – there can be nothing closer to the truth.

In fact, the award winning journey of photographer David Frates, whose work has been extensively featured on National Geographic, Sierra Club and Audubon, began as he was fly fishing by the Montana river.

In his own words, ‘ In between catching 20" brown trout on the Madison River, the thought came to me, almost as if by divine communication, "when I get home from this fishing trip, I'm going to start shooting pictures professionally." I know this sounds like the old, "It came to me in a vision at stream side" story, but I'm not making this up.’

The photograph is question is a case study in lighting and framing. One of the most challenging aspects while shooting a water body is to capture its motion. To do this successfully, one needs perfect control over the shutter speed and consequently aperture and ISO setting. What is unique about the photograph is that the covered footbridge brings in a genuine human angle to the landscape, while retaining its timelessness / lost in time feel. While the natural world thrives on colour and its contrast, to capture this interplay through a lens is a subtle art. In this photograph, the bridge, the riverbed and the woods are a combination of dark browns and heavy green. In absolute contrast is a bright green shrub, full of white petal wild daisies in the foreground, tilting towards the creek, as if watching the flow of water. Truly a photograph that invites memories, musings and reminisces of times bygone and of moments yet to come.

About David Frates
David Frates is an award winning professional photographer who has been a professional of world renown for over two decades. To infuse emotion into each photograph he clicks has been his continual endeavour.

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