The conditions were just right yesterday for a slightly different view of the falls. After several days of steady rain, there was an abundance of water coming over the falls. After a mostly overcast day, the sun came out intermittently in the late afternoon and a strong Northwest wind blew mist from the falls creating the occasional rainbow.
I knew before I arrived how I wanted to shoot the falls and had my 5D Mark II and EF 17-40mm f/4L with a 3 stop neutral density filter attached. The neutral density filter allowed me to keep the shutter speeds slower to blur the water a bit in the bright lighting. Using ISO 100 and f/11, the combination allowed a normal exposure shutter speed of 1/30 sec. I was also bracketing 1 and 1/2 stops over and under for HDR processing so the slowest shutter speed (for the over exposed image) ended up at 1/10 sec.
There is foliage obstructing the views at the new overlook and the higher you can get the camera and lens the better. I fully extended my old Bogen 3021 tripod with ball head so that the camera was about two feet above my head. I used live view and a remote release to compose and release the shutter.
The mist from the falls was reaching up to the overlook so I had to cover the front of the lens as I waited between clouds for sunlight. First, I'll post the results of a single normally exposed image followed by a very subtle HDR processing of 3 bracketed exposures.
|Single file processed with Canon DPP software|
|HDR image processed with Photomatix Essentials|
Here are two other angles, both HDR processed.