Forillon National Park is one of my favorite landscape photography destinations in Canada. I featured it on many occasions on this blog: Sunrise at Cap-Bon-Ami, Forillon National Park From Above, Cape Gaspe at Sunrise, The Perfect Hike. The park is located at the tip of Gaspé Peninsula and as the result all my previously published photos involved views of some kind of open water.
During my last visit to Forillon I discovered for myself something completely different: a little waterfall, located in deep forest. It is called La Chute which in French means the fall.
When you photograph waterfalls the most popular and effective technique is a long exposure. The technique allows to create surreal, silky looking effect of running water.
From the moment I decided to photograph La Chute I knew that I would use this technique. In general I do not use very long exposures (5-20 sec) when shooting running water because it produces plasticky looking effect and I normally go for 1/15 – 3 sec to preserve a bit of texture in the water.
In this particular case, the shooting was easy. I had my camera on a tripod, I cranked up the aperture to f20 and it allowed me to reduce the shutter speed to 1/6 sec.
The challenge was the location and the lighting.
To come up with more interesting composition was out of the question because there was no room around the falls. Actually, the spot I took this photo from was the only option I had.
Another challenge was the lighting. The sunlight was illuminating only half of the falls keeping another half in the deep shadows. Even though I had no plans to use HDR processing for this photo I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) as an insurance. [Read more…]