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Iguazú Falls

The greatest waterfalls for photography.

© Diane Kelsay

Why? Spanning 2 miles from Brazil…

© Bob Harvey

To Argentina, this collection of waterfalls has everything from powerful roaring falls to delicate cascades.

© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay

From colorful rainbows to moody light, compositions and techniques abound.

© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey

We even photograph the falls by full moonlight. Join us for this adventure and use all of your photo skills, plus learn more.

Link to our Iguazú Falls Photography Adventure in March 2023

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Iceland Photography Adventure

Waterfalls

All those glaciers, and the geothermal areas beneath, combine with rainfall to fuel some spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.  Not just one here and there,  but so many that most go unnamed!  Some are huge and powerful.  Others are delicate.  Many are tall.  There are good reasons to stop the action on some – and to go for slow grace on others!  A photographer’s playground!

Along the road to Laki Craters©Bob Harvey 2013

Along the road to Laki Craters
©Bob Harvey 2013

Many have multiple stages©Bob Harvey 2013

Many have multiple stages
©Bob Harvey 2013

A ten shot multiple exposure©Bob Harvey 2013

A ten shot multiple exposure
©Bob Harvey 2013

Oh the patterns!©Bob Harvey 2013

Oh the patterns!
©Bob Harvey 2013

Falling water and basalt columns©Bob Harvey 2013

Falling water and basalt columns
©Bob Harvey 2013

 

Quiet beauty in a narrow canyon©Bob Harvey 2013

Quiet beauty in a narrow canyon
©Bob Harvey 2013

Next up, we’ll look at some of the Icelandic landscape!  This is an amazing place!

 

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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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