Photographing waterfalls during winter it’s not easy. You need hiking equipment beside your photo gear. I’m starting the video hiking in a semi-dark atmosphere. We are going on a mountain trail covered in snow and ice and at some point we also reach a beautiful panoramic point.
Why is winter photography of waterfall hard? Simple: it’s cold and icy so you need proper gear. My way of dressing is of course multi layer. As photo gear I have my Canon 5d Mark II with two lenses (Canon 17-40 F4 L and 70-200mm F4 IS L) and Lee gradual filters.
The most important thing is to be safe when photographing on the ice. I probe the ice by hitting it and depending on the sound it makes I evaluate the thickness of it. The I adjust the exposure so that I have the white of the snow in the right side of the histogram (just before it ends). Then, as a white balance I’m compensating that blue reflection by setting my camera on Cloudy or even Shade.
After founding the ice waterfalls that I wanted to photograph I start the photo session by using the wide lens and then I’m concentrating on details with the telephoto lens. In the end it was a great day at the office 🙂
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