South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
Canon 30D, 17-40 f/4L, ISO: 100, aperture: f/8, shutter: 1/15 second, tripod: yes
Silver Falls is the crown jewel of Oregon’s State Park system. It has it all; picnicking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, group camping, cabin rentals, small convention facility, the list goes on and on. There are at least 10 waterfalls in the park, all within a short hike of a trailhead. South Falls at 177 feet high (pictured above) is perhaps the most visited falls in the park, it’s only about a 1/4 mile from the parking lot. The park is one of the ‘must see’ sights in Oregon. Here’s a link:
When I take waterfall photos I try several different shutter speeds to get the one I think conveys the sense of motion the best. If the shutter speed is slow the water takes on a silky look and will look like one continuous column of water. A faster shutter will ‘freeze’ the water and will not convey the sense of motion very well. For the volume of water coming over South Falls, 1/15 second is about right to convey motion and still reveal detail in the water.
The original photo has a lot of contrast between the shady canyon walls and sun-lit trees. In Lightroom, I reduced the brightness in the upper left corner with the graduated filter.