Ok, I cropped it. It needed it.
With some dark rocks cloned out -
And a blur on the water -
Waterfall season is upon us. We have full ice out and snow melt and hopefully the roads up north aren’t mudholes anymore. That means I’ll be out and about trying to photograph them before leaves and bugs come into the picture.
Many of them are small like these - Washburn falls on the Popple river in Florence county, WI. Many have limited access or visibility, so working a site can be a challenge. For this I had to go off trail (what trail?! ha!), climb down a steep bank, cross a feeder stream and walk out onto a peninsula of rock sticking out into the river. There’s an island further down, but I didn’t trust the ice just yet. There wasn’t any other way to shoot it so I played with shutter speeds, tripod height and processing. This is my favorite of the series, but I’m curious as to other people’s reactions. It’s not epic like many waterfalls, but it’s typical of many rivers up this way.
Should I have gotten rid of the sky bits either by cropping or cloning? I thought about it, but decided that it was a lot of work to clone and that cropping would unbalance the image. Yes? No? Something else?
Is this a composite: No
Lumix G Vario 12-35mm f/2 lens @ 23mm (46mm equiv.)
f/14 | 1/8 sec | ISO 100
Tripod, polarizer, overexposed 2/3 stop to keep snow bright
Lr processing for all the usual stuff. Kept it natural in terms of color and white balance. Did some local adjustment work with a brush for highlights in the water as well as texture in the snow. It was a great way to spend New Years Day!