Here are a couple waterfall shots I took recently. I’m just about to wrap up my new eBook about photographing waterfalls at night and this will be one of the book’s examples.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the sky looks the same in both shots. That’s because the sky is the same in both shots. It takes a long time to process night sky images to make them look their best, so whenever I can, I like to get double-duty from my sky setups.
In this case, I set up the camera on tripod and left it in place for several hours as I worked on various light-painting setups. I first shot a few frames to capture the Milky Way, and then worked on light painting the waterfall and trees. Since all frames were shot from the same tripod position, it was easy to use the same Milky Way shot for several of the light-painting renditions. I simply stacked it with the light painting as layer and changed the blend mode to Lighten.
For both shots, I light painted the trees using a Coast HP7 LED flashlight with a green gel (Lee 121 “Lee Green”) mounted in a GelGrip™. For the first image, I painted the waterfall and surroundings using the same setup, except with a Lee 140 “Summer Blue” gel filter.
For the second image, I employed a new technique I developed for light painting pools of water. Using the Coast PX50 underwater LED flashlight and a Rosco “Urban Vapor” gel filter in the GelGrip™, I light painted under the water as well as above.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about this underwater light-painting technique in the coming months. And look for my Photographing Waterfalls at Night eBook coming out next February.gel filters, GelGrip filter holder, LED flashlights, light painting, Milky Way, night photography, night sky, stars, waterfall photography, waterfalls