Today, I Celebrate…

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Look at the stream, there are rocks in its way. Does it slam into them out of frustration? It simply flows over and around them and moves on! Be like the water and you will know what harmony is.

~ Zen Story

 

Story behind the image…

Firehole Falls is just one of many waterfalls in Yellowtone National Park.  It is on a one way road the travels through a deep, 800′ lava flow, canyon rising to a turnout with a view of the 40′ falls.  I prefer to isolate sections of the falls with the dark rocks contrasting with the softly blurred water flowing around them.  In late afternoon the canyon is deep in shadow enabling me to reach slow enough shutter speeds to achieve the cotton candy look to the water.  A tripod is a must to insure sharp images at such slow shutter speeds of  1/3 sec.  With the incredible force of the water cascading over the rocks in this narrow section of the canyon a super slow shutter speed into the multi seconds is not neccessary to create a good blur motion.  In order to make sure that I had both the foreground grouping and the single rock just behind them all in focus, I closed my aperture down to f11 and left my ISO at 100.  A polarizer helped to remove the glare on the rocks, saturate the green colors in the water and slow the shutter speed down by another stop.  Nikon D4, AF-S 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 VR.  I pricessed the RAW file in Nikon Capture removing a few dust spots, making a little color correction and bringing up the detail in the rocks.  I then saved the file as a tif and added the finishing touches in Photoshop CS6 using NIK filters.  A little bit of Detail Extractor brought out the texture of the rocks and the flow of the water.