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Weekly Photography Challenge Waterfalls

Earlier today I shared a collection of waterfall photographs to get your weekend going, and earlier this week we launched our latest dPS eBook  – Loving Landscapes A guide to landscape photography workflow and post-production. So in keep with the theme of landscape and nature photography the weekly photography challenge will be waterfalls.

Image: By paul bica

By paul bica

Even if you live in the city you can probably find some manmade waterfalls or fountains nearby. Think outside the box. Is there a park with a stream? Perhaps a babbling brook? Do some digging and find some running water and go photograph it. It need not be a full on waterfall, use a fountain if you have to. The principals are the same.

The main concern when photographing a waterfall is how to capture the moving water. You basically have two approaches to choose from: freeze it, or blur it. Freezing the water will give a motionless effect, with water droplets suspended in mid air. Blurring it can have a dreamy, foggy look and a totally different feeling. Neither is right or wrong, they just produce different results. So choose one and see what happens, or better yet, do a variety. You may be surprised with the results and which ones you prefer.

Here are a few examples to give you ideas:

Image: By Kerry Sanders

By Kerry Sanders

Image: By Joe Parks

By Joe Parks

Image: By Centurion

By Centurion

Image: By zev

By zev

Image: By blmiers2

By blmiers2

Image: By Peter Roome

By Peter Roome

Image: By thomas brown

By thomas brown

Image: By Alex Shamis

By Alex Shamis

Share your waterfall images!

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section as pictured below) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them.

Need help? How about some articles on nature and waterfall photography like these:


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Darlene Hildebrandt
Darlene Hildebrandt

is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through free articles on her website Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Peru, Thailand, India, Cuba, Morocco, Bhutan, Vietnam and more. To help you improve and learn she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!