Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Learning to Photograph Waterfalls

This past weekend I made my first trip ever to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. While I was only there for a short amount of time and saw only a small portion of the park, the beauty and photographic opportunities surrounded me. From the rocky creeks to the waterfalls, there are beautiful photographs to be taken everywhere you look.

After making a 1.5 mile hike, I finally came upon my first waterfall of the trip. Grotto Falls, located along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail near Gatlinburg, is an amazing waterfall to photograph. Being a beginning nature photographer, this was the first opportunity I had ever had to photograph waterfalls and it was very challenging. I spent over an hour learning how to shoot waterfalls and experimenting with many different angles. I still have a lot to learn but, the following photos are what I produced during my hour at Grotto Falls.

1/2 sec f/9 ISO 200

2.5 sec f/18 ISO 200

2 sec f/18 ISO 200


Fish Whisperer said...

Nice shots. You might try and put you asa/iso down to 32 and stop down to f22. Be careful of lighter objects in the image as they will blow out. Just a few ideas.

Anonymous said...

Very nice info here, I have photographed that spot many times, usually have to fight the crowds for photo opps, nice work !!

PJ said...

Learning to photograph water is my new photography skills pursuit. My understanding is that it centers on the shutter priority setting but I've only started working on it in the last few days. Interesting to run across practical information just when I needed it. Great work.