Waterfalls and More

Everyone is enchanted by waterfalls.  We are used to seeing them in photos as a whole cascade of water either gently and slowly falling or powerful and exciting as they plunge into the pool below.  We accomplish this by choosing shutter speeds to convey this message.  But how do we choose which path to take?

Yaxso Falls, Oregon
shutter speed 1 second
copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

Waterfalls have personalities.  There are many types of waterfalls and each changes as the flow of water changes.  Yaxso Falls in September has low water that cascades slowly and gracefully over the mossy rocks.  This calls for a slow shutter speed.  The following waterfalls and parts of waterfalls also fit that approach.  Some of these were taken in mixed light, taking advantage of today’s technology in cameras and processing.

McKenzie River, Oregon
shutter speed 1/13 second
copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

Proxy Falls, Oregon
shutter speed 1/4 second
copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

McKenzie River, Oregon
shutter speed 1/6 second
copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

Clearwater Falls, Oregon
shutter speed 1/8 second
copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

The action of water can be conveyed by using a fast shutter speed, and sometimes that requires using a high ISO to get it fast enough.

Splash Pool Whitehorse Falls, Oregon
shutter speed 1/3200 second, ISO 3200
copyright 2012 Diane Kelsay

McKenzie River, Oregon
shutter speed 1/4000, ISO 1600

Try experimenting with parts of waterfalls, plunge pools and cascades, using a variety of shutter speeds instead of always using the old 1 second or 1/500 of a second approach.

To see more examples of using a variety of approaches with many different kinds of waterfalls, go to our Iguazú Falls Gallery http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/gallery.izu.1.htm

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