Waterfall in my Backyard

Today I take you up the trail further from Dream Lake.  Emerald Lake is just another 0.7 miles further up the trail, but along the way are some beautiful streams, lush meadows and a couple of beautiful waterfalls.  This waterfall was waiting to be captured on “film”. It’s as if someone planned this waterfall for a landscape in my back yard with the nice wild flowers on top, some nice bushes along the side and some nice stonework in the middle to add texture.  It was just waiting for me to capture this scene.

I used my B + W 10-stop filter on this scene to slow down the water and bring out the rich dark landscape around it.  It gave the scene a sense of being in a rainforest.

Waterfall in my Backyard - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

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  • Fantastic shot Rick! The waterfall is gorgeous and I love how the shrubs on the right lead your eye up the frame.

    • Appreciate the comments, Curt!

  • Well done sir! Your plan with the ND Filter worked perfectly!

  • What a lovely shot. You got the exposure just right here – great smoothness in the water without blown out highlights. I wish we had water like this anywhere in Texas just now!

    • Yea, I hear it’s hot down in Texas! Thanks for the comments, Dave.

  • grant

    HI Rick, great photo, I stumbled across your post while researching ND filters. I have the same set up as you, 5D MkII + 24-70mm. I’m glad to see that the 10-stop filter works so well without vignetting. Do you have any experience with the variable ND filters? I’m torn between getting the fixed 10stop ND, or the variable one and cant find much info comparing them… Thanks! (I’m off to check out the rest of your blog now!)

    • I do not have any experience with variable ND filters. I have a friend with a Singh-Ray and loves it, but I have heard it vignettes a little more. I’ve actually moved away from screw on filters and am starting to use the Lee Filter System. It’s much easier to use and you don’t have to worry about trying to screw on a filter when light is fading fast, if you know what I mean. Singh-Ray filters are the best in my opinion, but they are not cheap. B&W is my preference on screw on filters. They cost more, but are worth it. In terms of Variable ND – I would stick with Singh-Ray. Expensive but worth it from my experience. Hope that helps.