Triple Falls, Glacier National Park

I am finally back home after a nine-day trip to Glacier National Park followed by a week in Charleston with my family on vacation. The trip to Glacier was productive, but incredibly frustrating. To start with, my first three days were absolutely horrid conditions for nature photography, blue bird blue skies and not a cloud in sight. To complicate matters, Going to the Sun road was under heavy construction and completely closed down from the bend to Logan Pass each evening from 9pm until 7am. Because this trip was planned many months in advance and friends were staying on the western side of the park, it meant that we would have to get up way earlier than normal to drive around the perimeter of the park to get to many of our shooting locations. And on the flip side, it meant getting back well after mid night for sunset hikes in the high country around Logan Pass.

The image below is from the Hanging Gardens of Logan Pass and is a shot I have dreamed of for many years. Triple Falls is an unnamed and unmarked place out in the Hanging Gardens below Reynolds Creek, and is not that hard to get to once you find it's site. On my first couple days of scouting I was unable to find it, but found it in the second to last evening shoot of the trip. The ironic thing is I was standing next to it unaware of its presence just a few days before, but due to the unusually large amount of snow fields dotting the landscape it was still buried under at that point. Warm temps towards the middle of the trip melted out many of the snow field and allowed me a chance to get this shot in some of the finest light I have had all summer long.

Tech details: Nikon D700, 14-24mm, ISO 200, 2 seconds and 1/4 of a second @ F14 hand blended in PS5.


    The image is just beautiful. It does look as though it is slightly tilted as the horizon falls to the left and the water fall on that side seems to be going uphill.

    This a gorgeous shot. Perfect in every way. The sky and soft water are exposed perfectly. I assume that’s from blending the two exposures. I don’t think it looks tilted. Did you use an HDR blend or use the sky from the short exposure and the foreground of the longer exposure? I am very interested in these techniques. I recently started using Photomatix Pro HDR software. Thanks for sharing it, it’s really awesome!!

    Thanks everyone!

    @ Eric, no tilt here just the lay of the land.

    @ Brad, I hand blend exposures in Photoshop using a variety of methods from advanced selections, Channels selections and painting the mask and feathering. Most high dynamic range images consist of two exposures, sometime three.

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