While hiking down from Highland Mary Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness, I could hear the power of the creek as it fell a few thousand feet along the trail. There was a profusion of waterfalls and creek falls of varying sizes as the trail descended to Cunningham Gulch. I carry a trekking pole as well as a tripod and used the trekking pole with a tripod head attached to record this waterfall.
The two images compare shutter speeds. The first image is exposed at a fast shutter speed of 1/50 of a second and doesn’t speak to how I like waterfalls to feel. Many point and shoot digital cameras on program modes will create this look in your photo.
The second image shows how I prefer to expose waterfalls. I like a bit of blur with some detail in the “lines” of the fall. I used a slower shutter speed, chose aperture priority mode and a shutter speed of 1/4 second. What do you think? How do you prefer the photo?
All images ©Kit Frost
Camera information: Nikon D5100, Nikon 16-85 lens, Mountainsmith trekker pole, Manfrotto tripod head.