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A much higher definition of a photograph already posted. Quad Falls is on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. The way that the four falls ...
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A much higher definition of a photograph already posted. Quad Falls is on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. The way that the four falls come together along with the log give this a special effect. The exposure was of course tripod mounted, mirror locked up and about 2+ seconds.
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GigiJim08 January 12, 2018
So beautiful capture, Congratulations on youra ward!

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Location
This photograph of Quad Falls was taken on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. There are a number of waterfalls coming down the stream from American Lake located in the Moran State Park. The highest point in the islands is Mount Constitution at about 2,100'. The falls is a short hike off the roadway that leads through the park and up to Mt. Constitution. There are probably four falls of striking beauty that lie within 100' of the road. I truly like this photograph because of the log that got trapped in the falls which imparts a certain character to this. If you look closely you can see an old man's face in the upper center of the photograph.
Time
It was an overcast but dry day on Orcas Island, perfect for taking photos of waterfalls. I captured this falls, Rustic Falls and Cavern Falls within an hour, they are just that close to one another. I love shooting waterfalls during overcast skies. The film latitude is very limited using color film as I was in a Minolta 9xi. I bracketed a number of photographs with a HD tripod of 1/2 second to 3 seconds. This image was about 3 seconds long using Velvia film in the 35mm format.
Lighting
I love 'soft' water. Sometimes given the need for a slow shutter I will use ND filters to gain exposure time while keeping the aperture where I want it to be. A very important tool even using DSLRs with programmable ISOs. I have found the ND filters invaluable on my DSLRs because they react to light much as roll film does. Overcast days are the best because they reduce the exposure latitude that a sunny sky could compromise.
Equipment
At the time digital cameras were just coming into vogue. I used a Minolta 9xi likely with one of my favored Minolta lenses, a 28mm - 80mm all around general purpose lens. There was no filter used other than a UV to ensure the water stayed white. I used a Bogen 3031 tripod with a 3047 head. Exposure again was likely 3 seconds at F:8.
Inspiration
I love waterfalls and in this case there were so many within a few hundred yards of one another. At one of the falls there were children paying in the pool so I waited until they left to capture the falls alone.
Editing
Because this was color reversal film I had to scan it into a digital format. I had a good but aged scanner. It picks up minute particles of dust off the print or negative strip as was used in this case. I had Adobe PS at the time so spent a lot of time cleaning the image of minute dust particles. I didn't do much else to it. Just one of those photographs you get that is sharp, well exposed and in this case in 35mm format the Minolta xi was a very fine camera. I waited two years for Minolta to bring out their DSLR only to find that Konica had bought them out. That, my 4x5 Pentax and 67 Pentax were all finally sold.
In my camera bag
I chose Nikon DSLRs. I think it is a coin toss for those who prefer Canon or some other brands. I just liked the controls. I have a D300, D7000, two D7200s and a D5200 along with a small arsenal of Nikon digital PNS cameras used primarily as a better than nothing cameras in a pinch. But at 16MP they do have very high quality imaging capabilities. I have a Nikon strobe that I don't use much along with diffusers for it. I have lenses ranging from an 8mm fisheye, to a Tokina 12 - 24mm ultra wide angle zoom, a 40mm Nikon Macro, an 18 - 200 and 18 - 300 mm Nikkor lenses, and a 500mm F6.3 CAT. In the DX modes this means anything from 12mm to 750mm and anything in between. I have Bogen tripods and monopods as well as a number of other lighter weight tripods. I find the bulk of the Bogen very worth while with the heavier lenses and added weight of the vertical grips on all the camera bodies. I have a wide selection of filters from UV, NDs, CPs for every lens in my collection. I typically keep a lens on a body, the reason for a number of bodies. I don't like changing lenses and the risk of dust getting into the cameras or the thought of dropping a lens. So each camera is for the most part lens specific. I keep them largely in Low Pro zoom bags and usually take two cameras and four lenses when I travel. If I'm going a distance I will typically load a lot of items into a very large Low Pro backpack AW bag. it will hold all the lenses and a couple of DSLR bodies. It is heavy so I'd much rather just grab a couple of zoom bags fully loaded.
Feedback
If you want 'soft' water in your waterfall shots, I suggest an overcast day, a sturdy tripod is a must, a supply of ND filters and if you have internal camera settings in the menu I adjust mine for 'vivid' and saturation set at +1 and sharpness at +6. You can play around with these settings to create what you like. The main thing is to take lots of photographs....You'd be amazed at how many you will reject for one reason or another. If I shoot 500 photos on a shoot I may like 25 of them and reject the rest. I also shoot in RAW/JPG mode with the large and fine image checked. I use the lowest ISO possible even though Nikon can do 6400 without excessive noise. I will usually run around ISO 200 - 400. Again, my shutter will bracket photos from around 2 - 4 seconds now. Aperture is set so that everything you want in focus is in focus or you can selectively tune out extraneous things or crop them later. I am usually an F:8 and up photographer as I do a lot of landscapes where hyperfocal distance comes in very handy. If I want to isolate an image I will use my aperture to selectively isolate the subject or I will shoot macro if I need to get in close. I hope this information is of help. I have seen a lot of great waterfall photographs on VB and some that are hand-held, blurred or just frozen with a fast shutter. Photography is art...you want to please yourself first with your images....

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