Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. Today’s image is a close up view of Vidae Falls, located on the East Rim Drive, in Crater Lake National Park. This waterfall is the best known and most viewed at the park and easily accessible by a turnout on the Rim Drive. Though many people presume the falls represent a leak in the crater the source is actually 600 feet above the lake levels. It is formed by springs which flow together to become Vidae Creek. At a a high point just above the drive the creek plunges over 100 feet through a landscape of native wildflowers.
The closeup was shot at the lower base of the falls as it flows into a scree field. While it is often desirable to photograph the entire waterfall, and I am no exception here, some of the best shots come from isolating the various cascades and shooting a more intimate portrait. A good telephoto works wonders for these compositions and the falls can be explored visually from a safe distance. Though Vidae can be shot in the early morning my preference is late in the afternoon after the sun has passed overhead. The result is a shot where the falls are more evenly lit by ambient light without hotspots and harsh specular light.
Technical Details: To shoot this image I wanted to slow down my shutter speed to produce the flowing, frozen ice, look to the water. To achieve this effect I made a “filter sandwich” with my Heliopan Circular Warming Polarizer and a Singh-Ray 4-Stop Neutral Density Filter. The polarizer has the added benefit of reducing specular highlights in the water and other surfaces wet surfaces such as rocks and plants. As the flow of waters constantly changing I made many exposures so I could chose an image with a pleasing look to the water.
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