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Old Jul 11, 2010, 2:43 AM   #1
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decided since i'd never been there, to visit Lower Lewis River Falls today. of course, when i arrived, the falls was in bright sunlight... figures. but i made the best of it, and managed a couple of decent shots. not as nice as they'd have been with more even light, but under the circumstances, i thought they came out rather well. what most people don't tell you when they show those shots taken from the edge of the river, is that there's only a very steep trail that ends in about a 6-foot, moss-covered, wet rock that you have to climb/slide/fall down to get to the river, and then you're IN the river! to get from there to where you can set up a tripod requires wading about 50 yards upstream... and that water is COLD! but the cold wasn't as bad as the slick, treacherous footing... but i made it safely, managed to avoid getting anything wet that shouldn't be, and even got a few shots from down there... i think next time i go, i'll do it on a cloudy day, and wait till later in the year - the falls will look more "graceful" at low flow in about September.



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Nice ones Squirl033

Thanks for the story behind it as well (makes it all more 'worthwhile' to view!

I particularly like the angle of the 2nd one, feels more 'majestic' imho.

How did you manage to get the exposure so slow in such bright light (did you use a filter?)

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Nice ones Squirl033

Thanks for the story behind it as well (makes it all more 'worthwhile' to view!

I particularly like the angle of the 2nd one, feels more 'majestic' imho.

How did you manage to get the exposure so slow in such bright light (did you use a filter?)

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thanks, Paul... yep, two of 'em. had to stack a 4ND and a polarizer to slow the shutter enough...
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 11:54 AM   #4
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Love reading stories. Reading it was like being there with you. So glad to hear you used a couple filters which really turned a bad lighting situation into something you can use. You found a 'gold mine' there and do hope you go back when the lighting is more favourable for you.
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thanks, Spy... i'm thinking of making another trip down there this fall, when the leaves are turning, and the river is a bit lower... should make for a more "gracefuL" falls, and with the sun lower in the sky, and the odds of at least partly cloudy days increasing, the light might be better as well.
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Both shots look like candidates for HDR. I too really like the angle of your second shot. Too many times people shoot falls and only get part. Its nice to see it all.
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Rocky,

Especially like the beautiful green water colour in the first picture and the faint water steam in the second

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Both shots look like candidates for HDR. I too really like the angle of your second shot. Too many times people shoot falls and only get part. Its nice to see it all.

actually, these ARE HDR... not overdone, like some folks like, but enough. metering on the falls, on a bright sunny day, even with ND and polarizer on, meant the rest of the image was pretty underexposed. had to run this through HDR processing to bring out details in what was originally a very dark foreground...
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