Grouse Creek Falls – Sandpoint Idaho

The hike to Grouse Creek Falls is short and sweet. However, if you want a good view there’s a bit of a climb.

One of my favorite things to photograph is water – either freezing the motion or creating the silky blur you see in the photos below. The biggest headache I had while shooting these was the sun… the sun was peeking through the trees and hitting parts of the water making those areas overexposed. I did shoot a couple of scenes with overexposed and underexposed images to process a HDR image. I’m a huge fan of the HDR images though.

When shooting water to achieve the silky blur you will need to shoot in manual mode and you should start by using a shutter speed of 1/15 of a second or slower – the slower your shutter speed the more light will enter your cameras sensor. So… use a neutral density filter to get a properly exposed image with the slower shutter speeds. Set your aperture as low as you can (f/22). Use a tripod and a wireless release or your cameras timer to stabilize the camera to ensure a sharp photograph. Use a low ISO.

If freezing the motion of a raging river is what you want – you’ll want to set your shutter speed to 1/250 of a second or faster. Your aperture should be set around f/16. And keep your ISO as low as you can!

If shooting in manual mode makes you nauseous – feel free to contact me for tips or take a class… I recommend Improved Photography or John Greengo

Grouse Creek Falls, Sandpoint Idaho

Visit North Idaho Dog Fun for directions to Grouse Creek Falls

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