Waterfall Wednesday!

This week a couple of the other photo bloggers, Curt Fleenor and Heath O’Fee  put out some images of waterfalls and flowing creeks so I had to process one of my images of this small hidden hillside creek we stumbled upon in Banff. Thanks to my friend Wil Bloodworth for spotting this hillside creek.  It’s such an amazing place!

Heath’s image is from this same hillside creek so it was nice to see his vision as he hiked up the hill to capture this magical place.  It was the most amazing place with about 5-6 scenes in the first within about 25 yards of the entrance to this creek and the further up you went on this hillside the more amazing the scenes became.  It was all covered by tall foliage and I literally could have spent the whole day shooting this hillside creek.

This trip to Banff I rented a Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens.  It was a series 1 lens, but I got it at a good price from Camren here in town for the week-long trip.  The series 1 lens has its limitations, but it gave me the opportunity to play with a ts-e lens and understand how it works allow me to try the lens to see if I really wanted one.  A tilt-shift lens is great for landscapes, architecture and product imaging.  It allows you to capture the full scene or product without the distortion of lines you would get from a wide-angle lens.  The use of a tilt-shift lens also allows you to create seamless panoramas without having to adjust for distortion in shots from moving rotating your camera from left to right in capturing a scene.  You literally can shift the lens from left to right and capture the panorama and the camera never moves.  This waterfall scene I just adjusted the lens down a couple of degrees which brought the top of the scene closer allowing for what looks like a flat focal plane.  It’s as if the trees leaning away from you all of sudden get tilted back toward the lens and look straight up and down.  This allows you to increase your aperture and still have the full scene in focus with less diffraction. One note I learned on this trip was when taking pictures of water is to use a circular polarizer. It really reduces the light created by the water and reduces the glare in the scene.

This first image is a panorama stitch of the scene.  I created the scene by shifting the lens from left to right.  The series 1 had some vignetting on the upper edges, so I cropped a little off to get rid of the vignette.  This second image is the standalone center image. I prefer the first, but let me know your thoughts. I like the fact that you can see some of the left and right edge detail of the scene.

Hillside Waterfall - Banff, Alberta, Canada ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Banff Waterfall - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Capture Notes:

  • I think I prefer the composition of the first one, Rick. The way the fallen log enters the scene through the bottom corner really helps to draw the eye towards the waterfall. Nice work on these 🙂

  • I like the panorama as well Rick, the details are just amazing! You really did a bang up job with both of these though, they’re absolutely incredible.

    Thanks for the link too, it’s very much appreciated!

  • The first comp is spot on. Like Heath said, I like the log coming in from the bottom right, and how it leads you to the waterfall. Such a lush areas!

  • I have to agree with the others on the first one. It rocks.

  • Ida

    I am liking the first shot more than the second. I like the pano layout and the colors seem less saturated. Hope you’re doing well!

  • They’re both very nice, but the first takes the edge for me as well. Nicely done, and good post-processing.

  • Thanks everyone. I appreciate the comments. I just noticed the 2nd photo has a blue hue to the photo. I’ll have to reprocess it. It’s really over saturated!

  • Edith Levy

    Great shots Rick but I agree with the other comments I really like the first shot.