Gannon's Photography - Gannon McGhee

Madera Canyon Waterfall

This is probably the most difficult photo I have created. Rebekah and I visited this waterfall at Madera Canyon last week. I knew that I needed the widest lens I had to get the shot I had in mind so I brought a Bower 14mm, which is a manual focus and manual aperture lens. To set up the shot, I had to flip the center post on my tripod upside down so that my camera would be as close to the rock as possible. The problem, though, is that once I got the camera settings right and mounted it upside down on my tripod I couldn't see the screen well enough to focus. So, I just moved the focus ring as close as possible and took a whole bunch of shots while moving the focus ring slightly each time until I got to infinity. I then did this a second time for a darker exposure for the sky. So, I ended up with a lot of shots. I took 20 of them and focus stacked them manually in Photoshop. Photoshop can do this automatically but it always turns out better if you do it manually. That took a long time. Then I blended in a darker sky using a luminosity mask which worked a lot better than I thought it would. The rest I finished in Lightroom over the next week or so. Why so long in Lightroom? Well I started by moving the temperature slider up. Then, I moved the temperature slider down. Then, I moved the temperature slider up. Then, I moved the temperature slider down. Then, I moved the temperature slider up. (If I could fade out here I would) Then, I moved the temperature slider down... As Bob Ross used to say, you don't have to be crazy to do this, but it helps.

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