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harmeetsingh Feb 28


Evening is a good time for long exposure waterfalls.

Evening is a good time for long exposure waterfalls.
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Behind The Lens

My two photographer friends and I were approaching Lower Yosemite Falls in the early evening when we came on this scene which looked so wild and untamed. Time was short so I quickly set up and grabbed the shot.
Time was short as it was early evening and we wanted to be at the base of the falls before it became too dark.
It was a hazy post sunset lighting that I enhanced with a slower shutter speed giving the motion of the falls a soft, diffused look.
I carry a lightweight tripod that quickly sets up when I need a stable platform for longer exposures. The camera is a Nikon D610 with a promaster 28-200mm lens. Otherwise just a straight shot with no other equipment.
Everything is vertical in Yosemite, the trees, the rock, even the water.
Lighting after sunset is extreme with dark undefined shadows and blown out skies. It was a balancing act to bring out the details in the trees while keeping the waterfalls looking properly lit.
In my camera bag
Most of my trips are into the remote backcountry so by necessity I carry just the minimal things needed: a single Nikon D610 camera body, a 28-200 zoom lens and ultra wide angle lens, a cleaning kit, a couple of neutral density filters, a lightweight tripod, spare batteries and memory cards, but most importantly, a dozen battery operated tealights so I can find my way back to camp after a night of astrophotohgraphy.
It's difficult to photograph Yosemite without people in every shot. My trick is to photograph in the evening with neutral density filters which can eliminate anything moving, such as people and cars.

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