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Stubbs Falls, and how I got the shot.

How did I get this shot?

  • Ventured to the non-trail side of Little East River.
  • Fell then slid down the slippery rock face on my backside managing to keep from falling into the deepest part of the rapids but ending up covered in mud and moss.
  • Hopped from wet rock to wet rock so I could get to the center of the rapids.
  • Stood ankle deep in fast moving water (in waterproof hiking boots that don’t keep your feet dry when totally under water)
  • Set my tripod to suspend $3,000 worth of camera gear inches above the water.
  • Metered the light, composed the image and then used my remote to trigger a 30 second exposure. Once returning to my desk I imported it into Lightroom to make localized adjustments. Then opened in Nik Collection to remove a slight colour cast and add a little warmth with the Skylight Filter. Saved back to Lightroom then exported to Photoshop to use content aware fill to remove the other photographer that was standing at the top of the rocks taking my picture as I was squatting in the river trying to keep from falling over. Saved back to Lightroom again then exported with my watermark. Overall about 30 minutes of editing after 90 minutes of walking, climbing and shooting.
The paparazzi were following me. I think he was waiting for me to fall into the water. :P
The paparazzi were following me. I think he was waiting for me to fall into the water. 😛

That my friends is how I got the shot.

So, the next time someone says to me “what kind of camera do you have? It takes great pictures” you better stand back because I feel a Ralph Kramden coming on. POW! To the moon!…


  • Location: Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville, Canada
  • Camera: Sony NEX-7
  • Lens: Canon EFS 10-22 f3.5-4.5
  • Variable ND Filter
  • Lens Adapter: Metabones EF-E mount
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering

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