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Cascada del Estrecho



Cascada del Estrecho in the Ordesa valley in the Spanish Pyrenees. One of the most beautiful valleys in the Pyrenees. It's full of amazing waterfalls which...
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Cascada del Estrecho in the Ordesa valley in the Spanish Pyrenees. One of the most beautiful valleys in the Pyrenees. It's full of amazing waterfalls which will make every photographer happy!

I carried my tripod on my back on our hiking tour just to make photo's of waterfalls. Everyone said I was crazy, but in the end they understood after they saw the photo's. Also the extra weight didn't really matter on my backpack of 30kg.

The photo was made at 11:50, so the sun was quite high. Thanks to the trees and some clouds the light was still controllable an it really added a lot extra to the photo!
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Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe August 12, 2017
Beautiful!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt August 13, 2017
Thanks!
stefanmatthis PRO
 
stefanmatthis August 12, 2017
Great shot
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt August 13, 2017
Thanks a lot!
Natural17
 
Natural17 November 11, 2017
Totally awesome!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt November 11, 2017
It was! Thanks a lot!
outside PRO+
 
outside March 27, 2018
great job!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt March 27, 2018
Thanks a lot!
Irys
 
Irys April 09, 2018
Beautiful!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt April 10, 2018
Thanks!
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 June 29, 2018
STUNNING!
sakevanpelt
sakevanpelt June 29, 2018
Thanks a lot!
Jhunt PRO+
 
Jhunt July 10, 2018
What can I say that hasn’t been said. Very spiritual. Beautiful, sensitive shot
Nostroboy PRO+
 
Nostroboy November 20, 2018
This frame is just insane ! Congrats !
dkoch28 PRO+
 
dkoch28 January 17, 2019
Stunning

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was made in the beautiful Ordesa valley in the Spanish Pyrenees. The valley and surrounding area is on the World heritage UNESCO list and for good reason. This waterfall is called 'Cascada del Estrecho'.
Time
I remember looking forward to capture the amazing waterfalls in the Ordesa valley. I've been here before for 4 times, but wasn't doing photography on the level I'm doing it now. So I carried around my tripod on my trip trough the Pyrenees, just to shoot waterfalls here. I carried +30kg on my back for more than 8 hours a day, but it was totally worth it! We arrived here at 11:50 and I made this shot at 11:51. That was a great moment, because the sun was almost at his highest point and therefore lighting up the fine drops of water.
Lighting
Normally the best light conditions are in the morning and evening, but in this case the best moment was around 12 o'clock. The light from the sun entered the carved out rocks at exactly the right angle to perfectly light the fine mist rising up from the roaring waterfall.
Equipment
I used my ever faithfull Sony A77II camera with his best buddy, the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ART lens. This is my favourite combination for pretty much everything that includes wide angle photography. I also use a variable ND filter, a Genus Eclipse ND fader with a 77 to 72mm adaptor ring to fit it to the lens. Everything was securely mounted on my Velbon Sherpa tripod and triggered the shutter release with a wired remote.
Inspiration
The Pyrenees inspired pretty much all my photography work. I love the Pyrenees and I keep coming back here ever since my parents took me there when I was 9 years old. Now, 21 years later I still come back here and still love it. Waterfalls have a special place in my heart. They represent mother natures patience and incredible power. To capture that power in a photo is amazing!
Editing
I did some post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. Colour correction, sharpness, contrast, highlights and local adjustments. I cropped away the top because it was more distracting than I anticipated because of over exposure.
In my camera bag
Normally my bag contains this: Camera: Sony A77II Lens1: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 SSM Lens2: Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART Lens3: Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ART Lens4: Minolta 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 Remote: Simple wired shutter release Tripod: Velbon Sherpa 5370D Filters: Genustech 77mm Eclipse ND Fader + various size adapters to fit it to every lens I have.
Feedback
Get out! But first, find places to go. Look for beautiful areas and try to search for photo's of those areas to give yourself an example of what you can do. For the photography itself, make sure to practise a lot! Once you have the right equipment you don't automatically start to make good photo's. Teach yourself what your equipment does and how it reacts under different circumstances. Its a matter of trial and error.

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