Lower Englishman River Falls

Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Photographic adventures | 5 comments

This is the falls just a bit downstream of the upper falls. The giant boulder is wedged in place and blocks the clear path of the river and will have tremendous force on it.  A man at the falls told me that sometimes the water is so high that it rushes over the top of the trapped boulder.

Children and adults dive from the left into the pool below during the summer. The area where they leap from is fenced off with chain link fence to keep us away from the cliff (I suppose the children perceive it as a playground climbing structure rather than as a deterrent). The curious thing about the fences is that they seem to do a poor job of keeping the people away that need to be kept away – I think they possibly become a magnet rather than a protection for those who really need the warning. It is sort of like telling someone not to do something and then observing what happens.

This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range)  image consisting of three images taken at 2 f/stop intervals with the camera mounted on a tripod. There were two challenges in the processing of the image:

1.  Dealing with the moving water in the 3 images.

2. Getting a natural interpretation of the scene as I desired instead of the neon and surreal colours often associated with HDR images.

Something to ponder: “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

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