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Catarata Del Toro

The waterfall of Catarata Del Toro, Costa Rica

The waterfall of Catarata Del Toro, Costa Rica
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45 Comments | Report
dougjackson May 26, 2013
wow, this is a great shot
hikingmaniac May 29, 2013
Very nice. did you go to the bottom?
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GBloniarz June 07, 2013
Well captured from a magnificent POV!
PSJPhotography June 21, 2013
Absolutely beautiful shot!
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AlanJakarta July 16, 2013
Lovely shot. Congratulations on being featured.
PhotoAlaska July 16, 2013
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mailsmc July 16, 2013
Great shot, congrats on your feature!
matej007 July 16, 2013
Great shot!
valzart July 16, 2013
Excellent shot & a 5 ***** fave/voted :~}
drakkardarkblade July 16, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my work
coolspider July 16, 2013
Congrats, great shot!
iceman2 July 16, 2013
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
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debhall July 16, 2013
Awesome picture! Congrats on your feature.
Jeffrey_Marden July 16, 2013
Great shot!
catini July 16, 2013
Beautiful, congrats on your feature!
DanielCombsPhotography July 16, 2013
Truly beautiful, congrats!
bud82520 July 16, 2013
AK_Swathi July 16, 2013
danikelii July 16, 2013
Absolutely stunning!
UroshGrabner July 17, 2013
Nice one ...
Jinjinphoto July 17, 2013
Very nice
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jraseoche July 18, 2013
Excellent capture
Tkay July 19, 2013
Beautiful! Congrats on the feature!
mylene_ralph July 19, 2013
Beautiful shot.
Jonocon July 21, 2013
Duval July 21, 2013
Fantastic !! :-D
Beautifully captured & Nice Rendering.
Ladijane July 23, 2013
Congratulaions on your image becoming a feature
spiritlaughing July 23, 2013
Now that is a gorgeous photo. Amazeing!!!
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ShutterBug76 July 24, 2013
Stunning capture
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chris_barnes_726 July 25, 2013
Stunning location!
spiritlaughing July 26, 2013
I get vertigo just looking at this. It's an excellent perspective and beautiful shot. Looks like a place I would love to see first hand!
ThompsonsPhotography July 29, 2013
great shot congrats
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MikeW August 09, 2013
spectacular shot !
Flosno October 24, 2013
Magnificent image....congrats on your award
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Flosno February 09, 2014
Love it....voted
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laurenkaymyers June 09, 2014
This is a stunning shot. It really displays the depth of the waterfall.
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gondmagdi December 22, 2014
wonderful shot !
dareco December 28, 2014
This scene is incredible!
smithkim January 11, 2015
WOW!!! BREATH TAKING!!!! LOVE IT!! :) ;) :) ;)
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nandicmb October 13, 2015
Congratulations on your Runner Up win in From The Top Photo Contest!
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RuwanFonseka November 05, 2015
Congratulations for the winnings. Voted for another win. Great composition and lighting.
Niceviewpr December 16, 2018

Behind The Lens

I took this photo at Catarata Del Toro, a wildlife and nature preserve in Costa Rica
Right around 12 noon
It was a partly cloudy day with the sun peeking out now and then. I waited until the clouds had moved slightly allowing the sun to illuminate the lower half of the waterfall yet having the upper part still in the shade.
Canon 5DM3, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 at 23mm 1/40th sec f/8. Feisol 3472 CF tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH55 ballhead.
This was one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen, from bottom to to. The water falls into an old volcanic crater which really makes for some interesting rock formations. We had hiked down to the bottom of the waterfall and while it was beautiful I wanted a shot from the top that showed its majesty.
I did. I blended 4 different exposures by using luminosity masks to get the tonal range I wanted then used Nik Color Efex Pro to increase the tonal contrast and add a bit more of a vignetting around the edges.
In my camera bag
Oh boy...that depends on where I'm going. For this trip to Costa Rica we packed pretty heavy since we were shooting everything from landscapes to hummingbirds so for this one I had my 5DM3 and a 7D (now replaced with a 1DMIV) the Canon 500mm f/4, 70-200 f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 24-105 F/4, 16-35 f/2.8, and the incomparable 65mm MPE Macro and for flashes the 580 EX and the Canon 24MT-EX. I mix and match from that. I also always carry a circular polarizer for each lens and have just started with the Lee Filters. Love that Big Stopper! I also never go anywhere without a tripod.
I would make sure you've got your patience cranked up for a place like this, if you want to catch that fleeting sun spot it can take a lot of time and quite a few shots. I would also explore all of the angles that you can shoot this from and make sure you've got a neutral density filter with you to slow down the water and make it as silky as possible. I also recommend taking a whole slew of bracketed exposures, I took 9 exposures and only used 4, I have other shots of the waterfall from different perspectives and I wish I had more than 9. Waterfalls like this are very hard to capture in one exposure when the sun is out. I would also experiment with the depth of field. Make sure you have a good sturdy tripod and ballhead is an absolute requirement for shots like this because any vibration can ruin the longest exposure. And lastly make sure you have a microfiber cloth because if you are close to a waterfall your lens will get wet and you will need something to dry it with.

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