Seeing a large waterfall is something that is hard to forget.  The drumming sound of water moving downstream and crashing in water or on rocks is impressive.  In order to get understood from our travel companion we often have to raise the voice.

Waterfall Photography creates stunning pictures.

Waterfall is sculpting the rock and over years they move backward.  The power of water falling the cliff is gradually eroding the hardest piece of rock.   Consider this:  in 1900, Niagara Falls was eroding 3.8 feet a year.  Remedial work to reduce erosion means that today just over one inch a year is lost.

Here is Gibbon waterfall on the Gibbon River.  It is four miles from the entrance to the canyon. A trail on the right side of the road grant access to its base  through a steep descent.  The water drop a full eighty feet.

Should you visit Yellowstone, follow the Grand Loop Road (89).  This road offers great view on the Gibbon River.  The Firehole river, further south,  is also a great river with many photo opportunities.  Flowing water in stream, cascades or waterfalls is magical.

Techniques to create a nice picture of waterfall are simple.  A sturdy tripod, a slow shutter speed is all what you have to do.   Using a slow shutter speed of 1/8 second and a small aperture of f / 13, at ISO 100 I was able to recreate the silky property of water flowing downstream.


Technical details:

  • Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS at 60mm
  • Shutter speed 1/8 sec.
  • Aperture f / 13
  • ISO : 100
  • GPS Coordinates: 44°39’13” N 110°46’20” W

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