Panther Creek Falls #3

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

July 24, 201718 mm: ISO 640: f/10: 1/4 image.

This was one of the most difficult images I have ever made, but I really wanted to use these great plants as a foreground.  One of the difficulties was being so close to the waterfall.  This caused two issues.  One was not having a wide enough lens.  I compensated for that by shooting a six-image vertical panorama.  The other problem was the waterfall was spraying all over me.  Not only was it cold, but it was a pain to try and keep the water off my lens, especially while shooting a panorama, where it is important not to move the camera too much.  I compensated for this by keeping a towel over the top of my lens between shots and wiping it down right before each shot.

The next problem was caused by the lack of light and presence of wind.  The wind was blowing the plants all over, but I couldn’t shoot fast enough to really freeze them.  I bumped the ISO a bit and opened the aperture as much as I was willing (there was no way I was going to try and focus stack with all the other obstacles.)  I settled at 1/4 of a second on my exposure and took a bunch of frames of the foreground so I could pick the one with the least amount of motion blur.

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