Photographing Waterfalls

 

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 24mm Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f6.3 Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 24mm           Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f6.3

Here’s the second image from last Saturday’s Landscape Photography Workshop I ran near Lorne on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Again I’ve chosen an image featuring Erskine Falls in the Great Otway National Park near the seaside township of Lorne.

The misty effect, often a hallmark of water-based photograph, is dependent on the shutter speed as well as the speed at which the water is moving. When it comes to photographing waterfalls a good starting point to achieve the misty effect is a shutter speed of 1/8 second. By adjusting the shutter speed up and down from that starting point, with simultaneous adjustments to the aperture, you can vary the effect without changing the image brightness (exposure).

Processing of the original RAW file was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2, prior to applying some local contrast changes in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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