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