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Tag : waterfall

Exploring a local Conservation Area.
YouTube vlog episode #10

As I was driving by anyway, I decided to take an hour to explore a local conservation area and capture a photo or two.

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!…

Specifics:

  • 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

It’s good to be back.
YouTube vlog episode #7

I’m back after a short absence from the chanel. The leaves are starting to change colours and we had a great rainstorm overnight so I decided it would be a good time to get back out there, visit a local waterfall and bring you along.

One of Hamilton’s hidden Gems
YouTube vlog episode #5

A visit to one of the beautiful hidden waterfalls in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a little landscape photography.

Buttermilk Creek

Because it has such a short watershed Buttermilk Creek tends to run dry for most of the year. With the rain over the past couple of days I decided to gamble and venture out to see what it can really look like. To my good fortune Mother Nature provided me an amazing array of deep rich colours to enjoy. From the green of the moss to the orange, yellow and red of the leaves. Accompanied by the sound of roaring water these gifts were my reward for joining her in the rain.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom 4. This image is a three image HDR that combines -2EV, 0EV, +2EV to bring out the maximum amount of detail in the shadow and the highlight areas. The images were combined using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2. After the image merge the image was saved back to Lightroom for some final adjustments to various colour values as well as to add a slight vignette.

Details:

  • Location: Buttermilk Creek, Hamilton, Canada
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Sigma 18-200 mm
  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Aperture: f/11
  • Shutter Speed: .5 sec., 2 sec., 8 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead

Two – Two – Two waterfalls in one great location.
YouTube vlog episode #2

After a brief absence I’m off for a brief trip to two of Hamilton’s many waterfalls.

Time to give vlogging a little go!
YouTube vlog episode #1

Trying out vlogging for the first time ever while visiting King’s Forest & Buttermilk Falls, Hamilton, Canada

Scenic Falls, Hamilton, Ontario

This image of Scenic Falls Hamilton Ontario is one of the more challenging images that I have created in quite a while. The sun was quite harsh on the top half of the hill and I was down in some pretty dark shadows.This drastic dynamic range made it a perfect candidate for HDR. I set out by capturing a 5 image/5 f-stop  sequence. With the lack of colour at this time of year I made sure to use a circular polarizer to bring out as much colour as possible. As well, since the flow of water was quite slight on this visit I stacked on a variable neutral density filter to cut out light. Doing this allowed me to have rather long exposures which gives the appearance of a greater flow of water.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom 4.  For this image, 5 initial images were combined using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 then to finish adjustments to various colour values and saturation were made, as well a slight vignette was added.

Details:

  • Location: Scenic Falls, Hamilton
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon 24-70L
  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec., 5 sec., 8 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead

 

Billy Monkley Cascade

One foggy October morning in Hamilton, Canada.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom.  For this image some minor adjustments to various colour values and saturation were made, as well a slight vignette was added.

Details:

  • Location: Billy Monkley Cascade, Mount Albion Conservation Area
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
  • Focal Length: 21mm
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Shutter Speed: 2 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead

 

Change the perspective

You don’t always need a high end camera with all of the accessories to make an interesting image. Just shoot your subject from an angle that you would not normally view it.

We are used to seeing things from a standing perspective so when you present an image to your viewer from that perspective it is what they are expecting.

Next time you go out and shoot, get on the ground. Take a worm’s eye view and see if you can make something interesting.

This image was captured with a $249 GoPro mounted on the end of a monopod. I simply suspended it above the level of the water, stood close to the falls and shot up.