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Kings Canyon National Park



Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park
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GusGregory
 
GusGregory January 05, 2015
Very nice.
AllanSeppa
 
AllanSeppa January 18, 2015
Beautiful ! Excellent composition, color, depth-of-field, and contrast. If this were my shot, I would use the clone tool in Photoshop to cover the 2 round circles below the sun.
elainelvis
 
elainelvis March 01, 2015
wow ! just wow !
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala May 06, 2015
Superb shot!
Tim_Haynes
 
Tim_Haynes June 27, 2015
Congratulations, beautiful capture
debcoimages PRO+
 
debcoimages June 28, 2015
Congrats on your image. Beautifully blended exposures and nice composition.
BryanTilghman
 
BryanTilghman July 23, 2015
Wow!!
rdehner Premium
 
rdehner January 04, 2016
Fantastic!
skemes1 PRO+
 
skemes1 May 23, 2016
Now that is truly outstanding! Superb composition, a truly classic depth of field and a photograph to be proud of!
jayirgieartkendari
 
jayirgieartkendari June 15, 2016
nice shoot
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair July 07, 2016
Beautiful!
Kksgram Premium
 
Kksgram August 27, 2016
That sunburst really makes the shot.
cameraman161
 
cameraman161 September 14, 2016
Amazing shot... props.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 28, 2018
Stunning
reginamullencramer
 
reginamullencramer June 18, 2018
Stunning
sap
 
sap August 27, 2018
Mesmerizing

Behind The Lens

Location
I was on honeymoon with my wife! This shot of Roaring River was taken at Kings Canyon National Park in California.
Time
It was taken around 3.30 in the afternoon in November last year.
Lighting
There was an extreme contrast of light in this scene, the sun and sky were very bright and parts of the foreground were in shade. To balance the light I used a Lee 2 and 3 stop soft grad ND filter overlayed together. The sun was about to set behind the mountains and because it was partly obscured by the trees a, 'sunstar' was created in the image.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS M, which I use as my travel camera, along with a light Canon 10-22mm lens. I wanted to use a slow shutter for this photograph to capture the movement of the water, with this in mind I used my Lee Little Stopper, a 6 stop ND filter. The lens I used is sharpest at around f/8-f/11, lens diffraction starts to appear at f/16 and above so I try and avoid using smaller apertures with this lens. I used f/11, which at a focal length of 10mm, gave me the depth of field required for the rocks and trees beyond to be in sharp focus. I tried various ISO speeds to control the shutter speed and settled on ISO 100, this gave me a 5 second exposure time. It showed movement in the right places and created a lovely texture in the foreground. Because I was shooting directly into the sun, lens flare was introduced. I could have quite easily removed this in Phosotshop but I decided to leave it in as this is often a detail which helps to accentuate sunlight in an image.
Inspiration
We were walking the elevated trail adjacent to the river. I was searching for a break in the overgrowth which gave safe access down to the riverside. Upon finding one, I headed down, it wasn’t apparent from the trail but from this low angle the autumnal overgrowth was beautifully back-lit by the sun. The rocks provided the foreground interest.
Editing
I process my photographs in Lightroom, this shot required very little processing. Only minor colour adjustments were made and a gradient fill was added to the foreground.
In my camera bag
At home I almost always use my Canon 5D Mark III. The primary lenses I use are a Canon 16-35mm f/4 L, Canon 24-105mm f/4L and a Sigma 150mm Marco. I also have a set of Lee filters which include hard and soft grads, a Big and Little Stopper.
Feedback
When shooting in Av, don't settle on a shutter speed that the camera decides, experiment with different ISOs. Doing this will give you varying shutter speeds and can affect how the motion of the water appears. Waterproof walking boots are also handy!

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