Wet Waterfall in Waterton, Eh?


A few summers ago (which now seems like forever ago), my family went to Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada, with some friends for a week of hiking and kayaking on the glacier-made lakes. It was not only a fun trip for the family, but I found myself taking photos around every bend.

Even though there was a drizzle in the air 90% of the time, it was a fantastic trip. I especially enjoyed this photo of a waterfall we had hiked to one morning.

Waterton Waterfall

I carried my cumbersome tripod with me on all the hikes, along with my 3-year-old daughter or one-year-old son in the carrier backpack – plus the camera bag (I was pretty much weighed down with stuff). I unloaded everything and hiked off the trail a bit to get the right angle. When I took the shot, I went for as slow of a shutter speed as I could with my camera and lens to try to blur motion the water without overexposing. It took me a bit, but I think I got the best photo I could with the equipment I had.

After getting some feedback of the photo at the Davis County Fair the following summer, I was told the shutter speed should have been slower, offering a more fluid and stream-like feature to the water; whereas in its current state, there was still too much stop-motion to the water.

I value the feedback and would like to get others takes on this photo. Too much stop-motion of the water, or just right to not appear unrealistic? Thanks for any feedback.

~signed, Carltonaut

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