Waterfalls and hiking

Nikon D200, f/22, ISO 100, 22mm
Nikon D200, f/22, ISO 100, 22mm

It’s no secret that I do like a good hike now and then. And when I come to spectacular waterfalls like Inglis Falls, shown here, I’m always ready with my camera. The tricky part of taking beautiful photos of waterfalls is to be able to capture the silky smooth flow of the water but have everything else in the photo stationary.

While some people opt to merge two photos together (one exposed to show the movement of the waterfall itself, and another photo to keep the surroundings still), I rarely do this unless I find it to be a complete disaster to take just one frame.

Using a neutral density filter, you can decrease the shutter speed during the day so you can capture the flowing water. But don’t decrease it for too long as you’ll get the branches and leaves blurred around as well. Try and find a happy medium like I do, if you don’t want to go through the work of merging two exposures into one.

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