Falling water

A pair of waterfalls for waterfall Wednesday – the first is on an unnamed stream right next to Glacier Creek road (šŸ“· by Maria) the second is a lovely cascade on Grouse Creek. Of course, the PNW is one big waterfall today…

The day on which I posted the above photos started out very wet. It seemed that the November rains had finally rolled in, albeit only for a couple of days as it turned out.

On our way up to Heliotrope Ridge we passed a number of pretty roadside waterfalls, small cascades from meltwater streams from high up. On our way back down we stopped long enough at the first one for me to hand my phone to Maria to grab the shot. Although it was getting dark I knew the phone app would be able to handle it with its stacking of images, and I think it turned out quite nicely.

The second photo was taken a few minutes into our hike, from a bridge over Grouse Creek. For this I used the SLR (since I was carrying it) and managed to hand-hold a shot with an exposure long enough to blur the water in a pleasing but not-too-artificial way.

I used to like the really long exposure photos of waterfalls but after watching a couple of Adam Gibbs’ videos on waterfall photography, I’ve changed my mind. His technique is often to blend two exposures – one long, one short – in order to preserve some details in the flow against a smooth backdrop. I can’t be bothered to do that so I’m making do with a single “Goldilocks” exposure that’s just right. At least for my taste.

4 thoughts on “Falling water

  1. Do you carry a tripod around for these kinds of shots? I can never get good waterfall photos on long exposures without a tripod…but I’m often too lazy to carry one, so my waterfall photos are never particularly good.

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    1. I’ve practiced holding the camera really still so if I’m really careful I can get nice blurry waterfall photos. What you don’t see are all the ones that didn’t turn out :-)The first one was just taken with my phone – it uses multiple shots to create a single image, so it can combine long exposures for the water with shorter ones for the surroundings.

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