Another Simple Rule for Shooting Waterfalls

If you look through nature photography web sites or magazines like Outdoor Photographer, you notice that most waterfall shots were taken from above the falls looking down. To make your waterfall image more interesting try to get the shot that no one else has gotten, looking up at the waterfall from the middle of the river. Sometimes a slightly different perspective can make a big difference.

Lower McKinney Falls – Austin, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on manual (M) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 70mm, f/16 for 10 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND-Duo neutral density and warming polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

9 thoughts on “Another Simple Rule for Shooting Waterfalls

  1. I had heard about the sharpening and noise reduction qualities, but I hadn’t heard about differences in RAW processing. Good to know.

    • Chris,

      I’m doing most of my post capture processing in the LR3 beta right now. I’ve been very impressed with the improved raw processing, sharpening and color noise reduction capabilities. All the images in my new book were processed in the LR3 beta.


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