Yesterday, I decided to get in the car and drive out to a waterfall. It’s been a while since I have done any landscape photography here in the Pacific Northwest, and let me tell you … it felt so good! The weather is finally back to “normal” (gray and rainy) after a long summer of too much sun and heat. Overcast days are ideal for waterfalls to avoid hotspots from the sun, and the weather definitely delivered a beautiful day for us.

We decided to go to a waterfall that I have been wanting (and trying) to visit for several months. The first time we tried to make it out there the car got stuck in the snow on the road to the waterfall. The second time I was recovering from my appendectomy and figured I should sit it out. However, the third time’s a charm! The waterfall was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and it was exactly what I needed to get me through the week of sitting behind a computer all day long.

This image was photographed with the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 optic. I purchased this lens at Photo Plus last week and decided to give it a try with a familiar subject. One of the things I like about it is the ability to add a unique “tilt-shifty” blur to the image while maintaining a longer shutter speed, something that is difficult to do with a standard lens. I expect I’ll be testing this out with my food photography, too, which should prove to be very fun! If I end up liking it too much, I might have to splurge on the Canon 90mm Tilt-Shift lens, a lens I have been eyeing to use with my food photography for quite some time.

Here’s a short video I took with my iPhone of the waterfall (using the slow-motion video feature). Enjoy!

Yesterday, I decided to get in the car and drive out to a waterfall. It’s been a while since I have done any landscape photography here in the Pacific Northwest, and let me tell you … it felt so good! The weather is finally back to “normal” (gray and rainy) after a long summer of too much sun and heat. Overcast days are ideal for waterfalls to avoid hotspots from the sun, and the weather definitely delivered a beautiful day for us.

We decided to go to a waterfall that I have been wanting (and trying) to visit for several months. The first time we tried to make it out there the car got stuck in the snow on the road to the waterfall. The second time I was recovering from my appendectomy and figured I should sit it out. However, the third time’s a charm! The waterfall was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and it was exactly what I needed to get me through the week of sitting behind a computer all day long.

This image was photographed with the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 optic. I purchased this lens at Photo Plus last week and decided to give it a try with a familiar subject. One of the things I like about it is the ability to add a unique “tilt-shifty” blur to the image while maintaining a longer shutter speed, something that is difficult to do with a standard lens. I expect I’ll be testing this out with my food photography, too, which should prove to be very fun! If I end up liking it too much, I might have to splurge on the Canon 90mm Tilt-Shift lens, a lens I have been eyeing to use with my food photography for quite some time.

Here’s a short video I took with my iPhone of the waterfall (using the slow-motion video feature). Enjoy!

Nicole S. Young is a photographer, published author, and educator specializing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography. She is best known for her books on food photography but is widely versed in various photographic genres, including landscape, nature, stock, travel, and lifestyle.

6 Comments

  1. Sharon Furner November 6, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Your phone video is so relaxing and beautiful. A great idea….

  2. kennuk2Kennuk November 6, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Enjoyed the video

  3. tamgaone November 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Great shots…absolutely loved the waterfalls!!!

  4. Mary Underwood November 7, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Wonderful !

  5. Steve Fisher November 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Where is this at?

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