so I’m here at Myra Falls today and I’m
come I’ve come here with friend Gavin he’s having a little trouble on the Ice OH! shit you okay right if you’re a regular visitor to my
youtube channel I may have you kind of believe that every location I go to is
absolutely fantastic and everything I point my camera at is golden and the
truth of the matter is is that there are many trips or many occasions that I’ve
recorded or videotaped that you haven’t seen just because it just doesn’t work
out very good at all and it probably wouldn’t make very interesting content
if you’ve been watching my videos lately I’ve been hanging out with Gavin
Hardcastle quite a bit and if you follow his videos on his channel you may have
watched a video about us going into a coastal area where there was a cave and
some waterfalls now that was Gavin’s version now I’m
going to give you my version Actually there was nothing wrong with
Gavin’s version or there’s nothing sinister about it either
I just wanted to put that sinister laugh in there it never ceases to amaze me the lengths
that we go to as photographers just to take a couple of images
hello everybody hope you all doing really well okay now if you’ve watched
my videos from the very beginning you may recall I did a video on Vancouver
Island where I came to a cave I was talking about coming back here one day
and photographing that cave because it has a waterfall actually two waterfalls well Gavin and I
decided that we were to come out and photograph this cave I checked the tides
low tide and Gavin said he had a ladder now when he said he had a ladder I
thought he meant he had a rope ladder or a wire ladder but we’ve ended up bringing
like an aluminum stepladder so it would have worked okay I have a climbing rope and a bunch
of slings and carabiners so we were just going to tie off the ladder and climb down to the cave but even
though it’s low tide it’s still pretty high and it’s looking really dangerous
I think we’re gonna be going down there today we’ll have to leave it for another day the
waterfalls are just raging right now looks really nice but it’s super
dangerous so yeah well I’m not going down there one of the great things that I did
discover on this trip was just how agile Gavin is for such a portly fellow to – okay
so the caves turned out to be a dud so what do you do from there well we
decided to go to another location not too far from there
avatar Grove which is an old-growth forest that I’ve I’ve taken a couple of
videos in that Grove but again the conditions were just not that great and
all I ended up getting was some video footage of myself and Gavin walking up
and down the boardwalks so port renfrew was a bit of a dud and then from there
we decided to drive home and the next day we drove another three hours all the
way up to Strathcona Provincial Park to go and check out an area called Karst
Creek which I’ve done a video about as well so we got to Karst Creek all
prepared to photograph this lovely stream and wouldn’t you know it the
whole stream was just dried right up it was very disappointing I did get to use
the facilities though so in desperation we ended up going to
another location that I’ve photographed not that long ago actually Myra Falls and
luckily things were starting to go our way a little you know it’s really quite funny so I
come all this way out to Strathcona provincial park to photograph a
waterfall and I end up being attracted by something quite different than the
waterfall and that’s something at the bottom of my feet
and I’ll just show you what it is there we go
there’s a really great ice pattern and I’m sure I can get something out of this
get some nice abstract kind of designs out of this okay so the composition that
I’ve got so far and I’m having a bit of a trouble with
reflections here I’ve tried putting a polarizer on this
but it doesn’t do anything so what I’m having to do is cast kind of my shadow
over it to try and cut down on the reflections most of the reflections are
coming from the sky above so you know it’s a little bit difficult polarizer
doesn’t really do much because the reflections aren’t coming from a 90
degree angle so I just keep varying my my shadow over this pattern I really
love these these curves here but I’m not sure if it might be too far from this
end I’ve cut off this circle here because I’m not sure if it’s necessary
or not so I’m gonna do a bunch of different variations of this you know
with abstracts it’s somewhat difficult because it what’s all about balance and
trying to balance one side of the photograph to the other as I keep
looking at this I’m thinking that maybe I should include the whole circular part
here in the corner and then that way if I do that it’ll shift this really nice
curvy bit over to the corner up here so why don’t I do that and then I’ll show
you the the ones that I think are probably the best out of the bunch
anyway it’s a really really neat abstract I love it all right now I taken a few drone
images I think they might be okay but when I was taking the drone footage I
noticed that there’s quite a bit of ice up on the upper falls here and it’s
really quite beautiful so I managed to scramble up here and you’ll notice
there’s all this kind of ice on the on the rocks here quite dangerous to walk
on but to photograph it’s just beautiful so I have a composition here that I
quite like and I’ll show it to you it involves this this log here that just
covered in all this frost and then we have the main waterfall and then
just across the the river here we have these trees and then it’s just frosted
it’s just it’s really really nice so let me show you my composition and and we’ll
go from there all right now this should work quite well now when I first got up
here I saw this log and I thought I don’t really like the log but now that
I’ve put it in the frame it works really quite well I think because it’s on a
diagonal and it’s quite bright it draws your eye up to this side of the frame
and then up to the waterfall and I’ve included a little bit of this waterfall
over here as well I’m not sure I might crop that out I’m not sure yet I’ll just
darken it down because the main subject for me of these these frosted rocks here
this frosted Rock and then of course we have the waterfall in the background but
yeah I think I think it’ll work quite well the only thing that I’m not sure
about and I don’t know if I can get it a little higher is this rock here it’s
kind of blocking the the flow of the river but I’ll see if I can get up
higher and get a shot looking down on it more with the river behind it but yeah I
I think this will work quite well I made it back to the car well that
wasn’t really the trip that we had planned but it wasn’t too bad
Myra Falls is it’s quite pretty problem with Myra Falls is that you’re quite
limited in in the direction that you can take your photography you know you’re
you’re looking at the Falls directly at pretty much the same angles every time
you can’t get on the other side very easily there’s no way I’m going to jump
across this time of year especially with all that ice so your options are a
little bit limited but beautiful nonetheless especially with the icicles
in there so as always if you enjoyed my video be sure to give me a thumbs up and
if you enjoy the content of my channel don’t forget to subscribe alright
everybody thanks so much and I will see you hopefully next week okay bye

100 thoughts on “When LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY plans go wrong

  • Great Vlog Adam. I really liked the iced log image. As a suggestion, when you do a 2 image pano, I'd really like to see how you do that in the field. I know how to combine in Lightroom but I'd like to see your workflow for doing this in the field, ie setting your camera up on the tripod, levelling, choice of settings etc.

  • The first image looked like you combined a higher shutter speed image of the water in the drop and slower speed of the pool below? Interesting result that made me do a double take! Great video as always Adam! Cheers!

  • Another great video, really enjoy your channel & Gavin's channel, the bonus is when you go out photographing together, thoroughly entertaining. Think you two are becoming the "Laurel & Hardy" of photography.

  • Hi Adam, Enjoyed your unique content as always. Despite lack of dramatic lighting conditions, your composotion skills led to beautifull pictures. Thank you!

  • That was delightful. I thoroughly enjoy the walks through the beautiful forest too, as you go to and from your locations. I love trees, especially fir trees, and can  never get enough of them. Lovely images and you two are so funny together. Thanks for all your hard work.

  • thank you Adam for again a very beautiful and entertaining video, your combination of drone footage & music is a class on it’s own, it’s sometimes overwhelming in a goosebumby way,
    saw you and Gavin together with Nick & Thomas on Nicks IG page, a good moment for them to learn from the master😉

  • …Thanks Adam. This made for the perfect start to my Sat. morning. Your channel has indeed become my go to channel for photography as apparently it has for the many regular subs too based on their comments. You have touched on a subject that I have exp. so many times, as in heading out with a particular shot in mind only to realize it ain't going to happen! You looked " down " & found a absolutely beautiful abstract composition in the air bubbles in the ice… The stitched panos with different settings on each frame is really interesting & seems to work out fine for you. You have inspired me to have a go at it!
    Thanks again Adam,
    Bill… 🙂

  • Love the waterfall image with the log! I like the iced vegetation in the right mid frame, it seems to add some balance to the right side of the image. Have you tried editing the log image in black and white. I wonder if the darker rocks and sheen of ice might make a dramatic image?? Please continue to photograph with Gavin, the two of you together are a great comic team! My wife asks why I'm chuckling at my phone…

  • Hi Adam, best wishes for 2019!! Hope it will be a similar year contents wise. You're my favorite "down to earth" photographer together with Morten Hilmer. Top quality photo's and video. The passion for photography is showing. Keep up the good work! Best regards from the Netherlands.

  • Your cinematography just keeps getting better and better especially with the drone. And your photos aren't too shabby either.

  • Adam, continue to love you videos that have both helped with my development as a photographer and accelerated our exploration of Vancouver Island. Thank you

    Re the coastal cave tide. We are long time sailors and there are some terrific tide and current apps (I use Aye Tides) that will provide info for any location and any day. May be helpful for next time.

  • Greetings Adam! First time I've had sufficient bandwidth to support YT since October and where do I go first? Happy I did, the Myra Falls images were very good I thought and the rest of the video very entertaining. Your drone footage I could watch for hours. Thanks for sharing!

  • If at first you don’t succeed ….. Great vlog, as always. Love your sidekick. The two of you make other comedy teams look sad. Keep it up, amigo.

  • Man do you get to some stunning locations – Might have to put my house on the market. That Laurel and Hardy impression – the scene with the ladder – you did that in a previous video 😉 Stunning atmospheric photos and well spotted for that bubble composition I love that abstract image 👌 Great video both of you.

  • Wow 13K subscribers. Back in September you just hit 10K. Things are looking up. Good content (like this) = word gets around = more subscribers. Cheers

  • Love the frost on the trees! Do you have a trick to keeping your lenses from fogging when pointed into the mist coming off of waterfalls?

  • Cool to see you working with the frost. Those are some beautiful images with the flowing water. All my local bodies of water are frozen solid 😉

  • Hi Adam, as always I really enjoyed watching your movie. Great drone footage and awesome pictures! I do like the abstract photo of the ice. Have you also considered processing it into a black and white image? I'm kind of curious of how that would look. Tanks for the video!

  • That was great! Thx for all you gave us in 2018! Look forward to many more adventures in this New Year 🍻

  • Genial como siempre, aunque el lugar con el hielo sea difícil llegar. Pero sin duda merece la pena. Saludos.

  • I have to say Adam your drone footage is the best on YT. It's so buttery smooth. I enjoy your photos as well…! Nicely done Adam. See you next week.

  • Great…always look forward to the new video. Never get rid of the introductory hello, hello….that's your trademark. Love it!

  • Really Nice and Honest video. Q: How do you keep moisture water drops away from your cameras when you are so near the falls ?

  • Like your style and thought process for each shot. Very informative if not the most informative subscription I have. Thanks and all the best for 2019

  • in mi opinion this is the moral of today's video, to have a stunning vista in front of you and to be able to find a stunning minimalist shot out of nowhere, I would be hypnotized no the waterfall an not seeing anything around me,I suppose this requires some experience, great video as always, brilliant shots, have a great day🖐

  • Just would like to know how/why you combined the long and short exposure. Can you tell something about that? Thanks! Really liked the video, awesome place….

  • Love the recap joins with Gavin’s video nicely. As always well put together and very entertaining. Thanks Adam 👌

  • Enjoyed the video but had a question. The eyepiece cup on your D850 didn't look like the stock one. I shoot a D810 and was thinking of picking up a cup to help when I use my viewfinder while wearing glasses. Did you add the one on your D850 and why did you add yours if you did? Also, how does it attach? I believe the D850 and D810 have a similar configuration.

  • 2019 is going to be another great year on Adams channel of superlative images, progressive music, photo knowledge and drone work par excellence.We know you work hard to treat us visually its much appreciated mate your a star.

  • What a cracking video – I love the image with the log. Yours is the best Landscape photography Vlog on youtube by far…..

  • Very good video Adam!
    Nice to see how the disappointing start had turned out. I like the image with the log. Very well done! Have a great Sunday!

  • I loved the abstract and the two horizontal image paño you had near the end, I really loved that one. thanks again.

  • Wow, what an effort. Kudos to you guys. Completely loved that abstract and the details in there. Must be a treat to watch a full size print of that.

  • Adam,

    Excellent cinematic production and story-telling. Very entertaining and amusing, but that Gavin guy is dragging you down, man. (heh,heh,heh…)

    The final composition on the frozen puddle is perfect, and good-eye for discovering it on your path, and the "log" shot is masterful. The frost on the wood looks so defined, I could, on first glance, interpret same as noise. I think that intriguing.


  • Hi Adam. Really enjoying your channel. Just the right mix of photo adventures, drone work, and processing ideas. I especially like your discussion of the various creative choices posed by a particular location. Have you ever shot Toketee Falls in Oregon? That’s one of those places that doesn’t offer much in the way of creative framing possibilities for a stills shooter, but a guy with your drone skills could get something pretty cool there.

  • Hi Adam. I know your a fan of the breakthrough filters. I have a couple of my own for my wide angle prime. Santa brought me a new lens and I’m exploring other breakthrough filters. I’m looking at the 3 stop dark cpl. What’s your opinion on this combo filter and is it really a gimmick or does it serve a purpose. Also what’s your take on their magnetic filter system

  • Great video with awesome drone and photography. It made my strt to 2019!! I will be forcing my wife (who is non-Canadian) to watch this video. She will never cmplain aabout my camera obsession when she sees you with the ladder…

  • Hahahaha he totally broke the ice! ;). These times that go wrong are great times as well! Every adventure is a good adventure, no matter how crappy we think it is.

  • I do have fun watching you two be silly, but please never stop your solo vlogs as I learn so much and appreciate the gentle mood you set.

  • Great one again! You ended up with some great shots. I’ve gotta say some of the places you go to must be so overwhelming with the large scale beauty you have to work with. On another note the work your doing with Gavin is great! You two work really well together and it’s great exposure obviously for you and your channel. Keep it up.

  • Very Nice Adam. I loved the abstract along with all the other footage and images. You always deliver very watchable content. Thanks!

  • Hello Adam. You have one of the most important gifts, the gift of seeing. Your compositions are always perflective. Thanks. Greetings

  • I like the comp at 13:26 taken by the drone. Too bad you couldn't get a ladder into that position. I also like your step of shooting the image at 1/800th of a second to grab some rough textured falling water to paint over the soft flowing long-exposure falls. This really adds depth to the images. Well done!

  • Adam, To start with, I really like this video – congratulations – plus I think the collaboration with Gavin add a lot. I follow both of you but the combo adds variety and together you both seem to be better. Pat

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