Ge to to the Shot. Week Three. Du Dard Waterfall

January 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Get to the Shot. Week Three. Du Dard Waterfall.

The fist time I walked to du Dard Waterfall (Cascade du Dard) I was expecting something a bit more than what I found. Good thing the walk is only about three kilometres from where I live. Every time I’ve been back there I’ve been surprised by an almost completely different look.

The very first time, there was some snow on the rocks in the river bed and some frozen areas in the waterfall. Nothing seriously impressive. Being slightly disappointed with what I saw, I didn’t take many photos either.

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A few days later, I was more disappointed in myself for not looking hard enough, for at least some, better photos. So I had to go back. This time there was no snow or ice anywhere. Impressed by the difference in the environment I was more motivated. Not being able to take wide angle photos that I’m happy with, I moved in closer for detail shots. The contrast between the silkiness of the water on the very dark rocks was what I was after. I was sufficiently happy with myself and with what I got.

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 Then it finally snowed here in Chamonix. With the fresh snow, I had to go back again and see what the waterfall looks like this time. As expected the whole area was covered in snow and ice. The freezing wind the last remaining running water generated, combined with fine water spray and the fact that I had no idea if the ice I was walking on could hold my weight, almost made me lost my nerve to get close. My numb fingers could hardly hold my camera, but I managed to get a few close up shots. Even if they will go down as just snaps for memory sake.

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After all this, the shot below is probably the one I’m most happy with.

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As you probably know, if you want water to look like this (with a silk look) you will need a tripod to do long exposures. These black & white photos all have exposure times of at least one second. If the scene has too much light for long exposures, you will need neutral density filters, OR you will have to wait for low light conditions.

Three visits and three different environments in one location. Very happy with what I found, I took my time getting back home. And for the first time, I also took photos on my way. Then I realised. I really do enjoy this walk, so I will most likely be back there. And I think I like these batter … DSCF0731DSCF0731 DSCF0728DSCF0728


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