Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gooseberry Falls

Some more vacation trip shots. I was playing with the shutter speed on my camera to get that smooth/fuzzy white water look on the falls. I accomplished what I wanted with that, but had problems getting the right lighting. I will keep practicing to get it right, but thought that these shots didn't turn out too bad.

These are Gooseberry Falls, located in Gooseberry State Park in Northern MN. They are actually a three tier fall, and my shots are all of the middle section, as you can't get a shot of all three together due to height and angles. Hope you enjoy.


  1. I really like your compositions here, especially the first two.

    But, the highlights are totally blown! I took a look at the exposure info in the files, f/29 for 1/3 sec at ISO 100. That explains it!

    Getting the flowing look you wanted meant a long exposure, so you had to make the aperture as small as possible and use the least sensitive ISO (good thinking!), but that still wasn't enough to bring the exposure back down.

    One trick photographers use in this situation is to stack ND filters over their lens to darken the seen. But I imagine you don't just have a handful of those lying around!

    The other approach would be to come back close to dawn or dusk when there's less light. I bet that would look really cool, too!

  2. Thanks for the info Chris! I have only taken one photography class, that lasted once a week, and I TOTALLY forgot to adjust the f-stop. I didn't think they looked too bad on the preview screen on the camera, but I realized when I downloaded them that they were way to light. I tried to adjust that with some editing, but didn't get the effect I wanted. I don't have any filters as I am slowly building up my amount of gear.

    Thanks again for the help. Hopefully next time I will be able to get it right!

  3. Also take a look at the menu options on your camera to see if you have a highlight alert or something like it. When you preview the shot it will flash where you have blown out highlights and then you can try and make adjustments on sight. Graduated ND filters can be picked up for as little as $30. I'll post a waterfall shot tonight that I took up the gorge last year when I was first experimenting with mine. Always remember the best teacher is experience.