February 8, 2013

Splash Effect, British Columbia

Photograph by Rob Leslie, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos

This unedited image was taken with a tripod mounted in the Pacific Ocean during a winter sunset in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Taken at the moment a rock was thrown into the water.

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I find this photograph a lot of fun—and clever. Though the elements are simple—water, sun, and a splash effect—together they create the illusion of fire. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor


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40 comments
Jocelyne Laniel
Jocelyne Laniel

Absolument magnifique cette photo, prise au bon moment!  Félicitations Rob!

Mukesh Tamta
Mukesh Tamta

The most incredible splash I've ever seen...thanks Rob.

I am waiting for some more Amazing clicks by you.

nikhil sharma
nikhil sharma

just an awesome shot, simply superb and well just dont have enough words to express. the very sight gives a tingling feeling and just a great work of art in every aspect.

Angel Ruth Smith
Angel Ruth Smith

This is the most amazing picture I have ever seen. The first time I saw it I teared up... it is absolutely beautiful.  

Rob Leslie
Rob Leslie

Amazing that is is still the most Facebook liked National Geographic Photo of the Day so far this year considering all of the other incredible shots here on National Geographic.

Thanks for all the great comments out there for my photo. Has been a great ride these past couple of months.  - Rob


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Diaw Kane
Diaw Kane

the splash looks like magma!!!

John Spraggs
John Spraggs

Expanding on the editor's comment;  Earth, Water and Air are combined to form the Illusion of Fire, with the rock as Earth. These are the four Classic Elements of many early civilisations.

The Babylonians, who may have started the whole idea, would have related well to the photograph.

They named the Elements:

         Earth

Sea  Fire  Sky

         Wind

Just a fun way to think of a nice piece of art.

Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis

Awesome, amazing, and cool photo!

Where can I get the EXIF data for this photo?  Or perhaps you don't mind sharing - shutter speed, aperture, and ISO values, and camera make/model?

Also, I'm not exactly sure what shutter delay is.  Is this something built into your camera?  I can't seem to find anything on my DSLR.  I have two continuous shooting modes (I'm assuming you used a continuous shooting mode?), however I can only alternate between HI and LOW speed, and the LOW is probably still shooting a little faster than 1 second intervals.

Zukisa M.
Zukisa M.

Is it real or special effects, the same it is spectecular

Donna James
Donna James

Beautiful and mesmerizing scene!  :)

Lynn Kenneth Pecknold
Lynn Kenneth Pecknold

Bravo, Rob!

Out of "small' routines, "BIG THINGS" emerge!

Congratulations on your success! Keep shooting! Regards, Lynn

Barbara Ewart
Barbara Ewart

truly an amazing capture. because it's White Rock, i love it more! 

Rob Leslie
Rob Leslie

Getting a lot of questions as to how this was done. Totally encourage people around the world to try this out as it is a lot of fun. Was simply throwing rocks into the ocean using a 2 second shutter delay using a cheap little tripod in the dirt. 1...2...throw. Kind of looked like a bit of a lunatic getting this shot.

Dropped my DSLR in the water before doing this which is also on the video below along with some of the failed shots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2QRK8kQQAk

Brian Salah
Brian Salah

This is beautiful photograph, and it's now my desktop :) I do wonder about the rock though...How big and how far was that thrown? If a rock was thrown outwards, then it probably would have a more sideways splash. It kind of looks like the rock was dropped straight down to produce that perfect splash. Plus, don't rocks usually splash outwards before upwards?...where are the outwards remnants?

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Wow, this is wonderful, so creative. Rob, you have made this cold place, feel so warm. My hat's off to you. I love it, so explosive, like a ball of fire shooting up out of the waters surface.

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

How creative!  Very, very fun, intriguing and delightful to view!  Best of luck with your image helping to bring you more success photographically!  My image is from two days ago with "Moonrise, Colorado", Photo of The Day on February 6, 2013 (if you have not visited please do!)   Best of Luck with your photography!  I see talent here, and so hope "Photo of The Day" will give you and your photography a BIG boost, more exposure and success.   I will visit your link with Facebook, too!  Congratulations!! 

Tatum Wulff
Tatum Wulff

Bravo, this is brilliant!  I thought it was fire till I read your description!

Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis

Oops, I think I got it now...doh!  You were just using the self-timer delay?  I obviously didn't read the 1...2... throw! the first time.  Anyways....still interested in your EXIF data if you don't mind sharing.

Thanks again for the inspiring photograph.

Rob Leslie
Rob Leslie

@Zukisa M. All Pure. No special effects whatsoever, no colour change or anything. Only thing is that this image on National Geographic is slightly cropperd from its somewhat panoramic form.

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

@Rob Leslie @SamanthaLyn Samuelson S. Thanks!  Your image is so cool as I look at it again today!  I know that at some time, I am going to have to try this myself' as it looks like fun...practicing the 1, 2 throw...need to just have FUN with the camera sometimes!!  So glad you got such a fantastic image!!

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