30+ Beautiful Examples of Waterfall Photography

It is often said “A strong man and a waterfall channel their own path”. Waterfalls are among the most exquisite and beautiful wonders of nature. From an abundance of waterfalls in Iceland to the little stream in your own backyard, finding a waterfall to photograph is not usually the hard part. Below we have gathered what we think are great examples of waterfall photography using a variety of methods to capture them.

Long Exposure

Keeping your shutter open for a bit longer can yield amazing results with your waterfall pictures. The flow of water, the pool below the waterfall, and the splashes off the rock can turn into smooth looking images that makes for an interesting composition. Switch your settings to manual mode and test out different shutter speeds and f-stops to get the results you are looking for.

Zach Dischner – Falling Water
Zach Dischner - Falling Water

Luke Detwiler – Dry Creek Color
Luke Detwiler - Dry Creek Color

Nicolas Raymond – Chutes du Diable Waterfall
Nicolas Raymond - Chutes du Diable Waterfall

Ian Sane – Upper Butte Creek Falls
Ian Sane - Upper Butte Creek Falls

Phil Dolby – Forever Autumn
Phil Dolby - Forever Autumn

Nicolas Raymond – Rustic Rock Run Falls
Nicolas Raymond - Rustic Rock Run Falls

José Antonio Cartelle – Green and water
José Antonio Cartelle - Green and water

Ian Sane – White Branch Falls
Ian Sane - White Branch Falls

MattysFlicks – Elbow Falls
MattysFlicks - Elbow Falls

Winter

The season of snow and ice can freeze a waterfall and make it a very interesting image to pursue. Even if it doesn’t get cold enough to create a flowing block of ice off a cliff, the presence of snow and ice around the water flow is definitely something to consider adding to your shot list when creating pictures during the winter season.

William Doyle – Deer Leap Falls
William Doyle - Deer Leap Falls

William Doyle – Childs State Forest
William Doyle - Childs State Forest

William Doyle – Fulmer Falls
William Doyle - Fulmer Falls

Davide Gabino – Frozen Cascade
Davide Gabino - Frozen Cascade

Davide Gabino – Frozen
Davide Gabino - Frozen

David Phan – Let it flow (Iceland)
David Phan - Let it flow (Iceland)

Essential Photos – Spring thaw
Essential Photos - Spring thaw

Andrés Nieto Porras – Miniaturas
Andrés Nieto Porras - Miniaturas

Rainbow

The mist coming off a waterfall and the sunlight hitting it just right is the perfect combination for capturing a rainbow in your photo. You might have more luck catching one at much larger falls that receives a lot of sun exposure, but finding that perfect composition with the colors of the rainbow is possible with any spray of water and sunshine.

Rick McCharles – Double Rainbow Iceland
Rick McCharles - Double Rainbow Iceland

Yellowstone National Park – Double rainbow at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park - Double rainbow at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Christian Gloor – Rainbow falls
Christian Gloor - Rainbow falls

Kate Elizabeth – Waterfall in Iceland
Kate Elizabeth - Waterfall in Iceland

Murray Foubister – Niagra Falls
Murray Foubister - Niagra Falls

Black and White

The contrasting colors of water flow create an ideal black and white photo. If this is a style you prefer, you’ll enjoy creating waterfall images.

Fernando Garcia – Earth's Hair
Fernando Garcia - Earth's Hair

AirHaake – Silent Thunder
AirHaake - Silent Thunder

Dani Vázquez – Fervenza do Toxa
Dani Vázquez - Fervenza do Toxa

Holly Victoria Norval – Flow
Holly Victoria Norval - Flow

Mick C – Hareshaw Linn Low Falls
Mick C - Hareshaw Linn Low Falls

Waterfall Picture Inspiration

Here is selection of beautiful waterfall pictures selected from our Flickr group.

Serge Skiba – Dry Falls, Highlands, North Carolina
Serge Skiba - Dry Falls, Highlands, North Carolina

Jeff Oates – Multnomah Falls
Jeff Oates - Multnomah Falls

Greg David – Autumn falls at Edwards Gardens
Greg David - Autumn falls at Edwards Gardens

{Flixelpix} David – Crumlin
{Flixelpix} David - Crumlin

Joao Santos – Anços waterfall, in Sintra, Portugal
Joao Santos - Anços waterfall, in Sintra, Portugal

swapnil deshpande – contemplations
swapnil deshpande - contemplations

Bailiwick Studios – Waterfall
Bailiwick Studios - Waterfall

Ben – Hardraw Force
Ben - Hardraw Force

elliot keeney – small waterfall at bottom of lesmuride falls
elliot keeney - small waterfall at bottom of lesmuride falls

Aventuphoto – EL PEÑON
Aventuphoto - EL PEÑON