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Colourful waters
« on: November 24, 2010, 06:53:22 PM »

On my travels around Australia and New Zealand I have noticed that the colours of the rivers lakes and seas can change dramatically from place to place.


Lake Pedder, Tasmania – colour due to tannins in the water


Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia – colour due to beta carotene trapped in the salt


River near Bicheno, Tasmania


Little Blue Lake, North East Tasmania – the lake was once a tin mine – the water is highly toxic


Dam, Central Australia

Like the Remarkable Rocks thread I though that this would be a good opportunity to see what the rest of the world looks like. So show us what water looks like around the world.

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 04:45:09 PM »

Nice shots.  You notice that change here too (in NZ), did you get any good ones over here?

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 05:24:03 PM »

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010, 06:01:45 PM »

Kanderstag, Switzerland

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2010, 07:06:29 PM »

As for New Zealand, although we are close neighbours the landscapes are so different. What surprised me were the glacial rivers in New Zealand. The one that stood out was the Blue Pools on the Blue River, South Island. The water is so clear and unlike the Little Blue Lake you can actually swim in it.





Two hours down the Haast Highway and there was this tannin coloured river flowing into the Tasman Sea.





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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 06:14:45 PM »

On the weekend I was watching a travel/caravanning show and they featured Kangaroo Island. One feature of the island that stood out was Vivonne Bay. The waters there are clear and emerald like. The beach was voted best beach in Australia by Sydney University. I have only one complaint with that and that is it's facing the Southern Ocean and over the horizon is Antarctica. Oh and like the NZ the rivers can be tannin stained.





Kangaroo Island is great place for a vacation. I enjoyed the island very much and the photography there can be great.

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 12:19:02 AM »

In Australia we're having after nine years of drought we are having major floods on the east coast. The Murrumbidgee River is one of the rivers that is flooding and is typical of the inland rivers whose colours are a muddy brown as shown below.



Interestingly when I was looking for an image I had several shots of the river but they were all reflecting the blue of the sky. This reminded me of the Denmark River in Western Australia which was a dark chocolate brown but kept on turning out blue and white in my images.

Anyway I suppose all of you in the northern hemisphere are saying our water looks like this…



Which is snow on Fox Glacier.

What we need though is some of the east coast rain to hit Adelaide.

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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 02:25:18 PM »

Crater Lake. Yes, it really is that blue (at midday -- found out that magic hour doesn't work there, for the lake at least).  Second is mid-Oregon coast from Cape Farewell IIRC.

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 07:16:05 PM »

Searching for an image from my recent trip to Western Australia I opened up one folder and was reminded of this post. The difference in the colours of the water between Kalbarri and Monkey Mia was stunning.









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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2011, 01:14:27 AM »

The Big Picture has a photo essay on the flooding in Queensland. An area greater than France and Germany is under water. As expected the water is mainly a muddy brown in colour. View the pics here:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/01/australian_flooding.html

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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2011, 04:48:05 PM »

Some of the colourful waters of Sussex Inlet on the new South Wales South Coast.







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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2011, 05:39:33 PM »



Shot from a local stream here in Maine




Helen's Pond in New Hampshire




Caladesi Island, Florida
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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2011, 02:04:52 AM »

Welcome to the thread, now all we have to do is get your links working. I get white rectangles on a PC and nothing on my Mac.

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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2011, 09:58:28 AM »

Welcome to the thread, now all we have to do is get your links working. I get white rectangles on a PC and nothing on my Mac.

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I, too, get only blank white rectangles (PC).
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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2011, 10:51:16 AM »

Team USA colors:

1. Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls by Slobodan Blagojevic, on Flickr

2. Yellowstone, Emerald Pool


Emerald Pool by Slobodan Blagojevic, on Flickr

3. Yellowstone


Nature's Colors by Slobodan Blagojevic, on Flickr

4. Yellostone, Grand Prismatic Spring


Grand Prismatic Spring by Slobodan Blagojevic, on Flickr

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2011, 11:42:21 AM »

OK  a couple from me



Peyto Lake near Banff, just before winter



Morraine Lake in Banff in early morning



Frozen Falls in Banff



A brutally cold morning at Elbow falls just outside of Calgary
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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2011, 02:37:42 AM »

Excellent contributions, I was thinking this thread was going to sink. The spark for this thread came when I saw two sailors talking about the colour of Sydney Harbour. How could they be talking about water when they are surrounded by it every day? I can understand it now that I've been travelling around Australia an NZ more often.

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2011, 09:30:09 AM »

Jon,
What pp did you do on the last one ? i really like the toning.
Frank


Slobodan,

i really like your Emerald Pool shot. How was that captured ?

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Re: Colourful waters
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2011, 01:02:30 PM »

... Slobodan, i really like your Emerald Pool shot. How was that captured ?

Frank, thanks! That was a Canon 20D with a Canon 10-22 lens, at 10mm, with a polarizer. But what really made a difference was "zooming with my feet", which in this case meant climbing on top of the protective wooden fence there, for a higher viewpoint, in order to be able to look deeper into the hole.

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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2011, 06:41:21 PM »

Jon,
What pp did you do on the last one ? i really like the toning.
Frank



Thanks Frank, I'm actually not sure that I like it as this version. I've printed others but this one was handy!

Anyhow, it was taken as a series of 5 bracketed exposures on a brutally cold morning (I remember thinking that I could no longer feel my fingers). These were white balanced in LR, fed into HDR Expose (which is the program I like the best for this sort of thing) and then back out to LR for some final touches. I think I toned down the sky a bit more (and this is the thing I think is a bit overdone in this version).
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