16 MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF FALLS TO INSPIRE YOU

I don’t know if it is because we come from it, because we need it to exist, because of its mystery, or because it is simply fascinating in all its forms, but it is clear that the water has something very attractive to us as human beings and even more as photographers. Oceans, seas, rivers, ponds, waterfalls, gentle flowing water, which falls rapidly until it crashes against the rocks, waves and endless forms.

Among these forms, today we will highlight one of the most vertiginous: waterfalls and their free fall, surrounded by beautiful landscapes or alone, but always fascinating and majestic … And as a picture is worth a thousand words, I leave you with this selection that I hope Be to your liking

  1. Contrast of colors and textures
  2. In black and white
  3. HDR
  4. A fairytale light
  5. Natural frame
  6. Sharing prominence
  7. At all times and at any time of the year
  8. Filters
  9. Composition
  10. Sharpness
  11. Surprising elements
  12. Lights and shadows
  13. Different planes
  14. Image settings
  15. In vertical
  16. Silky Water Effect

But we better see the images, right?

1. CONTRAST OF COLORS AND TEXTURES

This image highlights the contrast of tones: from the black of the rock, the white of the water and the warm (yellow) saturated colors mixed with the cold (green) … And the different textures of the elements that appear in it. Pretty, right?

Color and contrast

2. BLACK AND WHITE

I think I’m not the only one who swarms the blog that is fascinated by black and white, isn’t it?

In black and white

3. HDR

For situations where light is complicated due to the contrast between light and shadow, the HDR may be useful. The HDR “adds” different exposures and tones and can provide you with images like the following.

HDR

4. A FAIRYTALE LIGHT

Finding not only beautiful places and frames but special lights that inspire, that create a unique atmosphere like the one in the following image will help you get fascinating or even mysterious images.

The light to create different atmospheres

5. NATURAL FRAMEWORK

It is one of the composition tips to achieve different images like the one in the following image:

Through natural frames

6. SHARING PROMINENCE

You don’t always have to focus on the waterfall. Pay attention to everything that surrounds and complements it since it is often worth including it in the frame. See what image: Sunset, autumn, waterfall …

Sharing prominence

7. AT ALL TIMES AND AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR

Each time of the year has its characteristic light and its dreamlike landscape. Not only the most colorful ones are good for incredible images. Winter and summer, they also have their charms, their tones, and their special lights.

Each time of the year will provide you with unique images

8. FILTERS

Photography does not always have to be a true portrait, there are many filters that will help you achieve different and surprising effects such as infrared .

Use filters to get unreal images

9. COMPOSITION

Do not get carried away by the beauty of the scene and try to take care of your composition.

Take care of the composition

10. SHARPNESS

If the waterfall is part of a beautiful landscape that you have decided to include in your scene, do not forget to treat it as a landscape, that is, remember the importance of a good depth of field and the sharpness of the scene.

A good depth of field is essential in landscapes

 11. AMAZING ELEMENTS

Look for different elements that enrich your image and give you interest, such as the waves that appear in the foreground of the next image.

Find items that bring interest and enrich your image

12. LIGHTS AND SHADOWS

Learning to play with light and control the exposure of your scenes is essential when creating any type of image.

Lights and shadows

13. DIFFERENT PLANES

One way to add depth to the image is to use different planes in the image, such as the rocks in the foreground and the waterfall and trees in different planes.

Use different planes to add depth to the image

14. IMAGE SETTINGS

Learn to use the basic settings of saturation, contrast, brightness and so on to get the image you want. Remember that it is best to start from a “correct” image to work on by adjusting small variables. The amount of touch-ups you do depends on tastes, but it is best to start dominating the most basic ones.

Play with the basic settings to create your image

15. VERTICAL

Don’t forget that this format also exists !

Do not forget the vertical format

16. SILKY EFFECT OF WATER

It is the most common way to photograph the water, you will have noticed in this selection . If you want to know how to achieve this wonderful effect, I recommend this article.

Silky Water Effect

Do not worry if you have a crazy desire to go see Angel Falls, Iguazu, or Niagara. Although these are cataracts in capital letters, many of us will have to settle for more “mundane” landscapes, although not less beautiful or surprising. If you do not have a waterfall in capital letters nearby, it is worth it with a cataract in lowercase letters or with any waterfall of greater or lesser size. With them you can practice the composition, the silky effect of the water, anticipate the best hours of the day and so on, and surely with more calm than when we escaped to contemplate one of his older sisters …

So you know, put the camera and the tripod on your shoulder and let yourself be seduced by the visual magic of the falling water, its smell, the constant noise in its path. And if you liked the selection and want to share it, I encourage you to do it on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. And as always, Thank you and see you next time!