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The Eclipse – Oregon 2017

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

While a over a million people flocked to Eastern Oregon to photograph the eclipse, Bob, Laura and Diane chose the west side of the Willamette Valley from backroads (the winery route) to avoid jams.  Most wineries had events and are nicely positioned on hills above vineyards.  We had a nice table next to the vines and positioned 2 tripods, each with a long lens (one with the ND filter for partials), calculations done in advance, and we rotated our 3 camera bodies around.  The sky was clear and the winery folks kept our special eclipse wine glasses filled.  What a day!

© 2017 Laura Mooney

We chose to photograph the partials with a plain “eclipse” ND filter and did not add color.  The sun naturally is white and only picks up color through the atmosphere at sunrise or sunset or special environmental circumstances.  The spots are sunspots.  Following is a selection from the sequence.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Natural starburst (no filter) worked the same as we teach you in the field – small portion of sun visible through leaves, notches in rocks, etc.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

So what do you call an eclipse sundowner???  Whatever your photography quest… make sure you enjoy life!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And use the sun and the moon to capture artistic images.  We work hard on our adventures to position you to take advantage of this.  From our Galapagos adventure…

© 2016 Bob Harvey

And from our Iguazu Falls Adventure, the falls by moonlight…

© 2013 Bob Harvey

Please consider joining us on one of our photography adventures. And we just added a Galapagos 2020.  And Iguazu Falls in 2019.  Link our Calendar.

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

This is my last post, before beginning the long journey home from Iguazu Falls on the Argentina/Brazil border.  Tonight we will make one more visit to Devil’s Throat by full moonlight.  Then tomorrow morning we will transfer to our first flight.

Last night, under nearly clear skies, we made our way out to the very brink of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.  By moonlight it seems even more powerful – and certainly louder!  It is very clear that if one fell into this falls – there is no coming back!

Moonlight on Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Moonlight on Devil’s Throat, Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking downstream along Devil's Throat from the brink under a full moon.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking downstream along Devil’s Throat from the brink under a full moon.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Devi's Throat by full moon.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Devi’s Throat by full moon.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The real problem with photographing for days at Iguazu Falls is NOT that you run out of things to photograph – it’s that you can only share a small percentage of the many compositions that you create.  Here are a last few – but know that for every image I have shared, there are 50 compositions that are equally exciting!  This is truly a photographer’s paradise!

Brink of falls in the mist.  Look carefully and find several other waterfalls!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Brink of falls in the mist. Look carefully and find several other waterfalls!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chico Falls plunging into a sunlit pool at 1/8000 of a second!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chico Falls plunging into a sunlit pool at 1/8000 of a second!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

A vertical rainbow - with the shadow of the photographer.© 2013 Bob Harvey

A vertical rainbow – with the shadow of the photographer.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Intense rainbow at the base of a falls.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Intense rainbow at the base of a falls.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

I could go on and on!  But this give you an idea of the fun we’ve been having.  I hope everyone gets a chance to photograph this set of falls someday.  We would love to be your guides when you do!  Thank you.  Bob

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

One of the fun parts of waterfall photography is the brink itself.  Water throws itself over the edge – the behavior is much the same whether the falls is 15 feet or several hundred feet.  Here at Iguazu Falls, there are several opportunities to witness the brink – and sometimes to combine it with other falls or even rainbows!

There is amazing action at the brink - I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!© 2013 Bob Harvey

There is amazing action at the brink – I wish everyone could see these images full sized to really appreciate the detail!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking down 100 feet to the next brink below!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stop the action and it is quite dramatic!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall - and is doing everything it can to stay on top!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Maybe the water is afraid of the fall – and is doing everything it can to stay on top!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Line up a rainbow, and it looks like another world!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!© 2013 Bob Harvey

The rainbows even wrap around the brink!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Everything in this post was captured at a very high shutter speed.  Some of the exposures simply would not have been possible before the advent of 14 bit cameras that enabled better noise management.  This is an amazing time to be exploring the planet with a camera!  Bob

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Iguazu Falls Photography Adventure

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunset from the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls
© 2013 Bob Harvey

When the sun drops below the horizon, the exposure times get long, and the light changes colors.  Iguazu Falls takes on a completely different look!

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Looking upstream along the Iguazu River after sunset.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Power turns to grace.  The coffee color of the water contrasts with the white froth of the churning.  The falls take on an entirely different complexion.

Grace and beauty.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grace and beauty.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Last light, at least from the sun…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines.  Looking at this you can't even hear the thunder!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Caramel colors and smooth lines. Looking at this you can’t even hear the thunder!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Whether you interpret these falls as having power or grace, this is an amazing place to visit and photograph.  There are so many waterfalls in this complex that would, elsewhere, constitute a reason for a national park on their own.  Here you can almost overlook falls that would steal your heart elsewhere.

 

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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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