Waterfalls, I just can’t get enough of them. Well, truthfully, any moving water seems irresistible to me as of late. There is just something about bringing a sense of movement to an otherwise statice scene.
This waterfall, located near the small town of Kanarraville, proved particularly inviting - and particularly difficult to photograph. The sun was at a relatively medium-shallow angle and appraising sunset. This meant that this portion of the slot canyon didn’t have a lot of light coming into it, despite the section above being quite well illuminated.
Initially, I was disappointed that the canyon walls around the waterfall were not lighted to provide the brilliant reds and oranges that the area is known for. Yet that bright spot above draws the eyes forward, though the linger on the waterfall, and the makeshift ladder near it.
To tame the multi-stop range of lighten this frame, I used my hand to dart in and out of the frame over the 3 second exposure, estimating where it needed to go to “dodge” the light (thanks to @justinjlamb and Ansel Adams for this technique). -
Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8
ISO 64 20mm f16 3 sec -
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