Laughing Whitefish Fall

Laughing Whitefish Fall

Alger County, Michigan

I can’t count the number of times I have visited Laughing Whitefish Falls but still I have not exhausted fresh compositions of a familiar place.  I have photographed this falls from the top, from the side, from above, from the river, from the forest, during heavy water flow, during droughts and more. I’m often helping others create their images of this falls during workshops and as I help I also learn from guests. I have the opportunity to see an old familiar sight through the fresh eyes of the students. During last years fall color workshop a guest showed me this composition. What a lovely shot, I said, one I don’t think I had taken before. Exchanging ideas and techniques is a wonderful way to expand the vast horizons of nature photography. 
 
About the shot… 
It was well after sunset and the group was just finishing up when another guest saw what we had been shooting. She asked if she could have a few more minutes to try for those shots. The light was falling fast but we quickly set up and as you can see from the meta data below we needed a shutter speed of 30 seconds to capture this image in the dim light. We had to increase our ISO several times to keep up with the failing light. It was a great way to end a very productive day. This experience also taught some of the guests that the camera has the ability to capture light even when the ambient light is very dim. As we looked at the falls we couldn’t make out much details but by exposing properly we brought the details into the image.
 
Embrace the Journey!
 
Date: 10/9/19
Model: NIKON D4S
Frame #: 4925
Lens (mm): 18
ISO: 800
Aperture: 13
Shutter: 30
Exp. Comp.: +2.0
Program: Aperture Priority
Focus Mode: AF-S
White Bal.: CLOUDY
Quality: RAW

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