Whatcom Falls Park is a treasure in the town of Bellingham, Washington where I live, a place I frequent often with my camera. On this cloudy and cool Winter morning Whatcom Creek was raging and I was exhilarated by the spectacle as it swept over the falls, throwing spray into the air. I wiped my lens many times while shooting. With this image I hoped to capture the drama of this place which, for me, symbolizes the abundance of our area. This creek connects our city's water supply, Lake Whatcom, to the saltwater of the Salish Sea.
For this image I used a Sony A7R II camera with a Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III lens. The ultra-wide angle lens allowed me to finally capture the falls in context with the rocks and trees around it. I set the camera's ISO to 200, aperture to f/16, and made a 3.2 second exposure on a Sirui tripod, using a circular polarizing filter to manage glare. I imported the RAW file into Lightroom and rendered the monochrome file in NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.
It is a thrill for me to share images depicting the natural beauty around Bellingham and surrounding Whatcom County.