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Working around waterfalls can be very dangerous, so I will warn you to take all precautions while working around them.

3 minutes? Really! That’s all the time you need to read what I have to say below the image.

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This shot was taken using a NIKON D5000 at ISO 1600, f/36 for 0.1sec


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This shot was taken using a NIKON D5000 at ISO 1600, f/36 for 0.1sec

Point of View

Your point of view while shooting a waterfall can make, or break you image. I would strongly recommend that you get down low and shoot up to the waterfall. Sometimes, this is easier said than done, but your images will be better if you get down low. With any waterfall that I’ve shot, shooting from up high doesn’t do justice to the size and scale of the fall.

Go With The Flow

Compose your shot so that the waterfall is “flowing” into the image. Looking at a waterfall that is flowing out of the image leaves a little too much to the imagination. While this may be a good rule of photography to break from time to time, as it can create a sense of suspense, but I feel that keeping the action in the image of a waterfall makes for a more soothing image. Besides, waterfalls tend to be relaxing to look at.

Choose Your Speed

Capture the motion of the waterfall by shooting at a slower shutter speed. Shooting at a slower shutter speed will create a sense of motion and help emphasize that relaxing feeling that you’re trying to achieve. Freezing the action of flowing water seems a bit too stiff and not very relaxing, but maybe that’s just me!

Check out my gallery of waterfalls shot from around Tennessee, including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Cherokee National Forest.

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