Photographing waterfalls with the silky effect is fairly simple. You need a camera in which you can adjust the shutter speed and a tripod or some way to immobilize the camera. A remote shutter or time delay helps ensure the camera doesn’t move during the shot. Preferred conditions are actually gloomy: cloudy, calm and wet! Colours in our environment are most vibrant just after a rain; saturated physically and visually.
Although in the image it doesn’t appear sunny, the effect of the rising sun is just evident in the upper right background. The trees, though lush and green appear to be yellow. For a September calendar, that worked out perfectly. For screen resolution options, go here.
Raleigh Falls, pictured here, runs north so looking up the falls, we look into a bright white sky. At this angle it almost appears that the water is an extension of that whiteness. Unless I was able to be there when dark storm clouds are passing by, I have to take it as it is or angle the shot differently. A graduated neutral density filter may help but I don’t yet have that in my collection of accessories.
Here’s a helpful ‘when and how’ article about filters in landscape photography. Of the many types on the market, I currently only have a circular polarizing filter. This has a rotating ring that increases or decreases the amount of reflection or glare. The two straight-out-of-the-camera shots below were taken with identical settings; the only difference is rotation of the polarizing filter! Reflection is enhanced at one end and practically eliminated on the other.
I’m looking forward to visiting Raleigh often in the next few weeks. I love fall at the falls!
Did you seen the blue moon in January? Did you know there will also be one March 31st?
Although this is not the blue moon nor during the ‘blue hour‘, the very blue scene is the moon rising over an island just off the shore of Lake Superior a little north of Grand Marais, MN. I was fortunate to attend an Outdoor Photography class with Bryan Hansel in early February. Bryan kindly shared some of his incredible knowledge of photography and some of his favourite locations along the north shore. We were thrilled to have a clear night sky for this outing.
I still have much to learn and know better for future shots to lower my ISO in order to have a less grainy image.
I could also upgrade the quality of my equipment…
The other day I braved the bitter cold air and water to stand in the creek for a close up of the hoar frost on the bent branches of bushes along the water’s edge.
It reminded me of the last time I waded into cold winter waters for some icy shots. I shared a number of those shots in this post which explains the frozen lake surface in the image below. It’s from the 2015 shoot I selected the image for our calendar this month.
Alternate resolutions can be found here.
Happy 2018! We experienced one of the coldest Christmases in several decades. I trust your holiday time was warmed by being surrounded with those you hold most dear as we were.
May you have courage to face the challenges ahead in 2018 and a heart open to appreciate your blessings.
Typically ice leaves the lake in front of our place some time between late April and early May. We eagerly await this change.
The calendar is available in 2 screen sizes here.
Raleigh Falls is just a 15 minute drive west of us. I can’t resist heading out there with my camera when conditions are a spectacular as this. I actually spent 2 consecutive days there and will share more shots in the next post.
Wishing you the very best in 2017.
It’s remarkable how beautiful a scene with no colour can be.
The shot is as it was taken; it was not desaturated in post processing. Hope you enjoy it.