Natural landscapes: the steps of falling water

CRESCENT FALLS PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA, ALBERTA

There are lots of excellent photos of this two-stage waterfall, but I found the early evening lighting conditions so difficult (the sun is behind this scene) that I did a rarity for me: I made an HDR photo.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is achieved by combining several exposures of the exact same scene, in order to capture the entire range of light.
In my case, the goal was to keep some kind of colour and detail in the sky without saturating the scene with so much colour that it looks fake (that’s a common problem with HDR pictures).
It worked, but I spent more than an hour using Photoshop to process the resulting jpeg in order to bring out the best in this scene. Phew.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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3 thoughts on “Natural landscapes: the steps of falling water

  1. It’s magnificent Frank. Interesting to hear how you created it, phew is right. The color is natural and beautiful, doesn’t look over-processed. And I love the detail in the rock wall in the foreground.

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