Over Veteran’s Day weekend, my mom had a few days off of work and made a last minute trip down to our place. We figured it would be a perfect time to take a field-trip and figured it was about time to finally take that trip to Silver Falls State Park that we’ve talked about for years. I always thought we could only go when Matt was able to come with us so that he could carry Kaden when he got tired, but lately, this little guy doesn’t seem to get tired!
Monday morning was beautiful … cold, but beautiful, so we worked on school for a bit and then headed out for the Falls. The drive is only about 40 minutes from our house so it is a bit ridiculous that we don’t come here more often. It is certainly a spectacular place. It is also a place that I remember visiting as a child, which of course makes the visits I make with my boys all the more special.
Coming into this visit to the Falls, I knew I wanted to try my hand at using very slow shutter speeds to capture the flowing water. Back when Matt and I were first married he took me into Portland and we checked out a little art gallery. Three of the images we purchased were of waterfalls and I was amazed at how the water appeared so smooth. Little did I know that even back then I loved the look that a slow shutter speed gives to flowing water.
And since I had just completed teaching the lesson on using a slow shutter speed in Mastering Manual Exposure, I figured I’d better put the lesson into practice. In this shot, I was able to brace myself by resting my elbows on the guard railing, making a 1/3 second shutter speed possible with little camera shake.
35mm | f/16 | SS 1/3 | ISO 100
Are there many places in the world where you can walk under overhanging cliffs and behind a waterfall that is plummeting over 170 feet??
This one, again, was with a slow shutter speed, and much more challenging since I took it on a bridge that was being bounced on by passer-byers.
35mm | f/16 | SS 1/4 | ISO 160
Right about here, one of these little guys needed to go back for a rather important matter, so we went back, loaded up, and drove to another hiking spot in the park, which led us to about 5 more falls.
This next image was a wee bit tougher yet, since I didn’t have anything to rest my arms on and the water was father away so I needed an even slower shutter speed to give the desired effect. Plus, I was cold. It took a few tries.
35mm | f/11 | 1/3 | ISO 250
This boy of mine … is he my kid, or what?? He was all about taking photos with Grammie’s camera.
This is one thing I am sure thankful for … my family’s understanding and patience when it comes to my photography. They’d wander and wait, sit and relax, while I tried my hand at getting the waterfall photos I was envisioning. ♥
We calculated how far we went and it would be just over 3 miles round-trip. With lots of hills mixed in!
I think I could probably go back on my own with the boys, but having either my mom or Matt with us just makes it feel right.
Eventually, our pace slowed down as the littlest guy’s legs started to peter out. He never complained … but we were all getting hungry so needed to get the show on the road…
His biggest brother insisted he could help, too…
We did this hike nearly 2 weeks ago, and I’m already itching to get to it again. But, I think it would be a fun project to try for these waterfall shots each season so maybe I’ll give it a few months until Winter has set in… that sounds cold and slippery, so we’ll see! Probably next time, though, whenever we do make it back, I’ll suck it up and just bring my tripod!
Thank you for visiting and if you have any questions about working with a slow shutter speed, I’m happy to answer them!