This image was taken whilst on holiday in Cornwall in June 2010. The weather forecast for the day was heavy rain and they were not joking! If you have seen heavy rain in the Lake District you get some idea of the rain that fell on this particular day....
With the forecast so wet I thought it was an ideal opportunity to visit Golitha falls. The heavy rain had been continuous since early morning and so by the time I came to photograph them after lunch there was a good amount of water flowing. Perfect! The only trouble was the rain was still very heavy. Photographs can look so relaxing and sedate..you need to see the photographer on the other side of the camera. I was trying to balance an umbrella, myself and a heavy camera/tripod for this shot. A wide angle lens necessitates an up close and personal approach for this type of image. I was trying very hard not to get any spray or rain spots on the lens. I was wearing a very good quality water proof top but the rest of me was about as wet as you can get without jumping in!
I wanted to capture an exposure time of around 1/3sec so I had to alter my normal aperture setting of f16 to keep the ISO at 100.
I used a B&W Polarising filter to reduce reflections off the water and surrounding plants and to add some vibrancy to the colours.
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikkor 12-24 f4 DX @ 12mm
Exposure: 0.8 Seconds @ f8, ISO 100
Filters: B&W Polariser
Golitha Falls, Bodmin Moor, St Cleer, Cornwall, England