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Power and Eloquence

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 4 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

This is perhaps my favorite of all my Nevada Fall posts as I feel this image truly captures what I felt about the power of the fall. To make this image required leaning my body, camera, 70-200mmL lens, and tripod over a metal railing so I could get the desired angle to look right into the teeth of this explosive wall of water.

I wasn't sure if the rainbow appearing in the mist would record properly, but I converted the image to LAB mode, and added Curves adjustments to the "a" and "b" channel only and was able to render the bow the way my eye saw the color. I also bracketed shutter speeds and did not believe 1/125th would freeze the water correctly. In actuality, it froze it just enough, and also allowed for just enough motion to add some eloquence - I know - sounds weird! In my frames shot at 1/500th, the water looked too frozen.

If our images are to make a statement, we as photographers have to be clear in our mind what that statement is prior to attempting to make the image. I mentioned in a previous post that Nevada Fall is my favorite of all of the Yosemite falls because of its powerfulness. Hopefully I conveyed not only power, but also a touch of abstractness and eloquence with this image.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/125 second F/11.0 ISO 100 95 mm

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