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Fall Waterfall



Waterfall with Fall colors, Patagonia, Argentina

Waterfall with Fall colors, Patagonia, Argentina
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ChixPixPhotography PRO
 
ChixPixPhotography September 29, 2015
This is truly stunning. Very well done.
sarah-101
 
sarah-101 September 30, 2015
Amazing!
JoanLoBo PRO
 
JoanLoBo December 28, 2015
Absolutely beautiful...How did you achieve this effect with the water.
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laurajane_1735 January 01, 2016
Joan, in response to your question, the shutter speed was actually 10 seconds (very long). Thanks you!
cjalessandro
 
cjalessandro March 31, 2017
spectacular!
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harwell October 06, 2017
Fantastic shot
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Alfredo_Jose April 17, 2018
Beautiful composition!
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TraceyTerry8184 June 15, 2018
Love this photo!
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judykarendal November 04, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous!
PhillipJGordonPhotography
 
Superb!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took the photo in Patagonia, outside of El Chalten, Argentina.
Time
This was taken in early evening. It was starting to get dark, and getting a slow shutter speed was easy.
Lighting
The waterfall and river were in a wooded area, and it was a foggy evening. I was losing the light, but the low light resulted in a slow shutter speed, which helped create the cotton candy effect with the water.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D800, with a 24-70 mm lens, and a tripod. I also used a polarizing filter.
Inspiration
The waterfall plus the beautiful Fall foliage. I also thought the water flowing over the rocks was beautiful. I live in Houston, Texas, and we don't get Fall color here (or waterfalls, for that matter). I was just so amazed by the Fall colors in Patagonia. I've never seen anything like it before.
Editing
I applied landscape preset adjustments in Lightroom (adjusting exposure, shadows, highlights, etc.). While I did add some vibrance to the Raw file, the Fall colors were absolutely gorgeous and didn't require much of a boost.
In my camera bag
I have my D800, and, if I am going on a trip where I would be devastated if my camera no longer worked, I take a back-up. (A D600, in this case.) For landscape photography, I like a 14-24 mm, and a 24-70 mm (my favorite lens, for its versatility), and if I have room a 70-200. I also have a polarizer and perhaps a neutral density filter or two. I also carry extra batteries and memory cards. I may bring a remote trigger, but I typically use the 2-second delay timer on my camera itself. Finally, I need a tripod. It's a pain to carry, but it's something you really need.
Feedback
First, a tripod is a must. You need it for low light situations, but also for slow shutter speeds, if you want a large depth of field (small aperture) or, like with this photo, you want to give the moving water a flossy look. A polarizing filter also is useful; it helps take any shine off the water and it allows you to see below the water's surface, like in the foreground of this photo. It's also good to slow down a little and not feel rushed. Look around a bit before deciding on what you want to photograph. Then experiment with different shutter speeds, depths of field, etc. There is actually a second waterfall next to this one, and I have pictures with both waterfalls in the same frame, but I like this photo better, because there is more of a focus/subject. But it's always good to have options. Who knows when I'll have the chance to get back to Patagonia, if ever.

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