No Tricks

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Determined to succeed, with a 25 pound back pack strapped to my back and my heavy tripod in its case slung around my neck, my feet took me to the steep incline where I was about to with abated breath, go down in order to get to a creek bed.

Climbing over the steel side rail, I carefully assessed whereupon to place my first step.  Finding that place, I gauged how close I could get to the first tree to hang on to.  Tree one, accomplished!  A few more carefully placed steps, tree two!  Almost to the bottom … a few more carefully placed steps, calves screaming, knees shaking, I arrived safe, triumphant, and looking ahead to my Treasure that awaited me.

Oh YES!!! Where I remembered the falls to be, they were exactly as I pictured them to be.  Now all I had to do was to carefully walk across slippery wet shale in order to set up my tripod in the creek, as low as possible to the water.

Accomplishing all I set out to do, I ever so carefully took out my camera and attached it to my tripod.  One false move and my camera would be in water!  Oh yes, careful I was!!!  And yes, my Heart was pounding as the sweat trickled down my face.

I began to photograph the falls.  My Heart sank, though, thinking that the filtered sunlight that was streaming through the thick trees was too bright.  I began to think to myself that I should have come instead towards twilight.  Yet, I had not come all this way to quit.  I had chosen the filter (ND8), I had chosen the lens (70-300mm), and I had chosen the spots.  And I proceeded to continue with this shoot!

I captured magic, my friends.  No tricks with this image.  I promise.  The settings are:  ISO 100, f/45, shutter speed 25 seconds.  No, I did not see with my naked eye what my camera captured.  Astonished is underplaying what I felt when I first saw this image in my editor.

Please do enjoy!!!  I still don’t know if I will be up to blogging, so if I don’t come to see you, understand that I have gone through months of pulling not one, but two cats from death’s door.  I published this for YOUR enjoyment and for to have a jaw dropping moment.  I guarantee you shall!!!

And oh!  Yes, getting up that incline to get out of that gully, was a wee hairy.  I had to walk bent forward going as quickly as I could, or else the weight of the back pack would have pulled me back and I would have fallen backwards.  Good to know that once again that sheer determination got me to the top, in victory, a bit out of breath, and sweating, yet I made it!!! Thank goodness for those trees!!

One last note.  If you hit the VISIT link in the reader, you will see this post right on Petals Unfolding, where I have selected the exact color scheme for your maximum viewing enjoyment.  You won’t regret it.  I promise!!! (smile)

 Photography/ “No Tricks” 2015©AmyRose

[Creek at Chestnut Ridge Park, NY]

 

83 thoughts on “No Tricks

    1. Thank you, Neihtn. And all this from a woman who surgeons told in 2004 would be paralyzed and in a wheelchair if said woman did not have more back surgeries. Yes, this was a huge victory in more ways then one. I am so proud of myself for my determination to bring this body back to health and strength MY WAY!!! SO glad you enjoyed this post!!! Thank you, my friend. Love, Amy ❤

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    1. I am in tears, Irene. I just received your package today and I cannot believe the extras you gave to me. I have the rose bracelet on, the anklet on, and one of your earrings on right now. I have yet to listen to the CD so I have that to look forward to. Thank you SO much!! Your work is awesome. The pictures do not do them justice. I can “feel” you through the jewelry I now wear. And I have SO many choices now!!! I feel like a kid in a candy shop!!!
      I am SO happy you enjoyed this post. I agree. This IS amazing! When I first saw it my jaw dropped. Wow!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. It will not play. It says there is no file. Irene, you have done SO much as it is, please don’t go to any more lengths or spend any more money on shipping. It’s OK. Really. You tried, you did your best, and so it is. 🙂
        Sending my Love to you this beautiful day!!! Love, Amy ❤

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      2. Amy, thank you for telling me. I did this video CD very fast, to be sure that I could send it fast, so I forgot to check it first, which is my mistake. I know, that you will love to see these videos, so I will make a new one for you in the weekend and send in next week. It is not expensive Amy.
        Wish you a wonderful day.
        Much love ❤

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      3. Hi Amy. I have now made a new CD with 3 videos for you and I checked it, it is working :-D, at least this time.
        Please forgive that I’m not professional to record videos.
        Much love ❤ Irene

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    1. Hi, Kathy! I haven’t talked to you in about forever! Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so glad you enjoyed this. How the ligth refracted/reflected off the water totally blew me away. It looks like it is actually standing on the water, like a crown. I hope everything is going well in your life!!!! Love, and (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. I know it does seems like forever. I knew you so needed time to recooperate! Yes, love the reflection in your picture. Things are going really good. We opened our website a month ago and getting slow but steady orders. Hugs my friend and much Love ❤

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    1. Scott, I’ve put in a good 15 years of shooting, and I am still learning. I myself am stunned sometimes at what I can do with a camera. (smile) I just was so tickled by your comment!! You honestly made my day! It has been one very tough road for me lately. You brought fresh air to me. Thank YOU!!! (((HUGS)) Amy ❤

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      1. I’m glad I brightened your day. It’s only fair, as your comments about my book gave me a nice lift a couple of weeks ago. It’s only because you have such a wonderful talent that I am able to return some of that lift to you.

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  1. From only you could I believe the words you say when you promise there were no effects used. This is magic, one again!! I’m sorry that you have been having such a trying month. My thoughts are with you. Of course I miss you on the blogosphere but totally get it. Sometimes things are so overwhelming it’s just too much to think about blogging.

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    1. OH, Marissa!!! Bless you for commenting!!! I even went over to see you, believe it or not! It has been so hectic but things are finally settingling down. As for this image, I honestly had to pick my chin from off the floor when I saw what I captured. Wow!! There were BLUE dragonflies fluttering on the water all about, so I KNEW there was magic and I caught it. How exciting is that??? What Mother allows me to do amazes me!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  2. You work hard for these Amy and it shows. Beautiful! I am sometimes surprised by what the camera captures vs. what I see, but usually it’s because what I see is better looking. This is stunning.

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    1. With comments like these, Dan, I could climb Mt. Everest for images. Yes that trip was challenging and very hot and at times dangerous, but what I captured was pure magic. There were blue dragonflies flitting about and that to me is a sure sign of magic. Thank YOU for your encouragement and support of my work, especially at this time in my Life. Bless you, Dan!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. OH, thank YOU so much, Maniparna!! I am SO happy you enjoyed this today!!! And yes, for a woman who is “supposed” to be paralyzed and in a wheelchair, I’d say I am doing pretty darn good!!! LOL It feels SO good to be strong and healthy!! It has been over 22 years in the making!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. This determined woman is once again going on a photo shoot today (that is the plan at least!) and this time I will be only bringing my camera +lens in its carrying case instead of the whole back pack, and my tripod in its case. I want to hike further upstream of where I shot this image to see what else I can find.
      Yes, Molly is holding her own. I’ve yet to cut back on her allopathic meds. I want her heart stronger before I do that. Instead of loathing these pills, I am sending LOVE to them before I give them to Molly. 🙂
      I am so happy you liked this post!!! Thank you, Sneha!!! Bless you for who you are and ALL you have done for me!!! I do Love you! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  3. Yes, some shots are difficult to get to. But that’s part of the adventure and excitment photography offers. And living on the edge for a moment beats an eternity of bordom hands down! I’m pleased you’re working on time lapse shots of water. Try trees swaying in the wind, espesially in a row, and they will smoothly melt into the sky! It looks so sureal!

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    1. I’m going again today to this very creek to see what else I can find, Darrell. The conditions are perfect for it …. bright sunshine will be filtering through the heavy canopy of leaves. I will be slathered with insect repellent and having my equipment (lighter load this time) and with my knee pads so that when I kneel on the shale in the creek, my knees will have something soft to kneel on. GRIN!!!! I am on another adventure today!!!! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. Sounds like you’ve been bitten by some other kind of bug. Bug spray isn’t good for you… Why don’t you buy one of those suits with the mosquito net hood? Toxic chemicals won’t enter your body, and you’ll save on a lot of cash in the long run :O)

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      2. I use all natural bug repellent with oil of catnip in it. I kid you not!!! LOL I have to put it on outside otherwise my cats go nuts!!! Hehehehe

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      3. LOL! Giggle factor: 8/10… I once got my Ex. to make me a shirt with materal that was very colorful: it had palm trees and flowers and parots all over it. Anyway, I could never where it because whenever I did, bees chased me!

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  4. Such a stunning shot. And I loved reading how you went about getting the shot – I was holding my breath right up to the end and wondering if any part of your or your equipment sunk underwater. Your persistence paid off and you are very skilled at photography. Never quit and you just may go far 🙂

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    1. I am not a quitter, Mabel, that is for sure about me. I was holding my breath when I was assembling my camera equipment, believe me!!! Again I return to this creek today where I know I will find more Treasure. I will have a lighter load this time so that I have more mobility to walk on the slippery wet shale. You have a wonderful day today!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Thank YOU!!!! I am returning today to this creek to find more Treasure. I will be hiking further upstream with only a 16 pound weight on me …. that is my camera/lens + tripod! My equipment is seriously heavy yet I think I can manage better on the slippery shale with this lighter load. 🙂 ❤ Love, Amy ❤

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  5. Such a magical capture Amy.. And you must have been astonished with your results and labouring with backpack and wading water.. Beautiful in every sense..
    Sending you Love and I think you deserve a rest don’t you?? Take care Amy and enjoy your weekend.. Love and Hugs… Sue xxx ❤

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  6. You worked really hard for this glorious image, Amy! What an adventure. But at the end the result is magical! Have a wonderful weekend, I hope you get some rest after a taxing time. Much love, Tiny ❤

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    1. Please forgive me for this late reply, Tiny. I really don’t know if I am coming or going of late what with all I have been through (and still going through) with Molly, Karma, Prinny, Rocky ….. + all the others we care for. Things are finally calming down which means I drop. Yes I am having a glorious weekend! I am getting much needed rest AND getting some truly phenomenal photos of clouds, rainbows (THREE today!), flowers …. rose buds I haven’t seen in over 2 years, and waterfalls (little ones) that again magic happened. I don’t know what to post when I do post …. SO many incredible photos one after the other lately … all leaving my jaw dropping!!!
      Hope YOU are having a great weekend and it is drying out for you and the salt marsh! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. You are SO welcome, David! I am so happy you enjoyed these. More magic is coming after I recover from the major healing journey I have been on with some of our beloved cats. Hope you are having a really good weekend! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. SMILING!!!! And I have more as well!! Lately I have been given magic magic magic just literally dropped in my lap. OH the feeling of absolute wonder and JOY … so embraced by me after so many months of turmoil and incredible hard work. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!! Love, Amy ❤

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  7. This guy at a bar offers this other guy a beer, and the other guy says: ‘No, thanks anyway…’ But then his Mother interups and says: ‘Go ahead and buy him one. He’d slurp it through a soiled diaper, if it were for free!

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