Elegance by Adam Bykowski

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Like an eligant wedding dress, this waterfall falls like a silk draped satiny dress and the train of the dress spread out over the rocks.
Location: LaSalle Canyon in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois.

Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: Canon 24-70mm L
Heliopan thin polarizing filter
ISO 50
Aperture: f22
Shutterspeed: 5 seconds
Shooting Mode: Manual
Time taken: 2: 50 PM (daylight savings time change the night before)
Nature’s real time: 3:50 PM


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I enjoy photography of all kinds. If it was how I supported my family financially, it would be a dream come true.

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  • Kevin Skinner
    Kevin Skinneralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely capture, Adam. Wonderful detail especially over the rocks at the bottom. Reminds me that I must do some more water shots myself – haven’t done any for a while :-) Just lovely.

  • Thanks so much Kevin. I’m sure you would do great.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonalmost 5 years ago

    Very pretty capture Adam. I’ve still not mastered the daytime long exposure for waterfalls…you must reveal your secrets! Cheers, S.

  • I’ll make you a deal. You tell me, openly and honestly what I am doing wrong to not get any real sales here and I’ll tell you everything I know about my waterfall photography. Is it not enough marketing or is it that my images are not of a good enough quality? Or is it something else?

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Oooo pretty scene! I see what you mean about the silk drape… to me it looks like the veil. It looks fabulously delicate for a waterfall and I love the stone floor at the bottom… looks like steps going down to a seriously posh swimming pool – looks just like my back garden (Ha!!). ;o)

  • Yesss! The veil of the waterfall looks almost … ghostly! OOOOOoooooo! Thanks for the compliment and following my work. I’d compliment your work to return the favor, but you have to put something up first. LOL

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 5 years ago

    Awesome Adam!

  • That’s actually what people have been known to call me; “Awesome Adam.” I tell them “Stop it. Adam is just fine.” LOL Thanks Kim.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    LOL hint taken ;o)


    – Adam Bykowski

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonalmost 5 years ago

    I think your images are brilliant Adam. Marketing photography is a dog-eat-dog kind of business, so I think its a matter of keeping your name and images out there. Blogging on other photo sharing sites and adding links to your work, joining stock image sites like i-stock.com, and knowing what the public is buying also helps. I also think that participating in local art shows and events where you can display your work will also help to get your name out there. I’m currently working on a project to boost image sales, and I promise to keep you posted when I know more. Hugs, S.

  • Thank you for the great info. I told myself I would try to do two art fairs this year, but ended up doing zero. Had to go through 20 years of stuff and sort, keep, and throw stuff out and hold a garage sale. That took so much time that I realized I had to get organized first. Definitely will try to do at least one art fair next year.
    I will bubblemail you with the details of my waterfall technique.
    Fairly simple really.
    Quick outline version that absolutely must be followed for it to work:
    1) tripod
    2) set ISO to lowest setting on your camera ISO 100 or ISO 50
    3) screw on a circular polarizing filter to maximum anti-glare position
    4) shoot in shade – never, ever shoot with direct sunlight on the waterfall. Only exception; mottled light, spotlit areas of light with mosty shade
    5) bracket your exposures – I start with the dead on exposure and underexpose in 1/3 increments from there.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • keleka656
    keleka656almost 5 years ago

    This is a beauty Adam! I can spot a shot of this waterfall a mile away. So many people take photos of this but I have to say, this is one of the best. The exposure on the water is perfect and you composed the scene beautifully. Nice work. I really must get out there before everything freezes over…..lol.

  • Get out there. You will love it. Funny, most places I shoot I hardly see any photographers at all or one here and there. Matthiessen always seems to have photographers out there every time I go; many times in groups. Supposed to have another full week of great weather, so you might be able to still get out some great shots.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips Adam. Cheers, S.

  • You got it.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful, lovely lighting.

  • John Absher
    John Absheralmost 5 years ago

    Hey Adam … this one got by me, but glad I caught up with it. Although you have so many excellent waterfall and canyon shots, this has to be one of the best. As someone above said, the delicacy of the water coming off those couple top shelves is outstanding!!

    I like and made note of the helpful hints you passed on too!!

  • Thanks John. Appreciate that fact that you think this is one of my best waterfall shots. Quite a compliment. As far as the notes, Probably not anything there that you are not doing already. One thing I don’t do, is shoot waterfalls and adjust them in HDR. I keep it simple by either adjusting as is in photoshop or creating a layer to control lighting. thanks again

    – Adam Bykowski

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