I've saved my favourite recent pictures - in this case of Inglis Falls - to post for Mother's Day. I've been trying to learn how to get those slow misty photos and this time I think I succeeded.
This was one of my mother's favourite places to take us when we were young. Our grandparents lived in Owen Sound, so it was usually just a quick stop to look as we passed by. My sister and I owe a lot to our mother for introducing us so early to the natural world.
A closer look provides a better view of the rainbow over the boulders at the bottom. Spring flow is still very high; in the past I've scrambled around over those rocks taking pictures of the trickle over the falls in mid-summer. My great-grandfather is said to have carried his grain to the mill here to be ground into flour.
I think this is my favourite picture of the slow motion water. To get a picture like this you need to set the camera for a long exposure; this was a full half a second. Obviously you need a tripod for that if the rock isn't to be a blur in the background..
But trying this I found I was still often getting error messages indicting the subject was too bright. I read up on it, visited the camera store, and bought a neutral density filter. This let me cut down the light entering the lens so I could get the long exposure without over-exposing it. I think that's the trick to shots like this.
I'm thrilled with the results and plan to chase more local waterfalls soon. I must also get some comparison shots later in the summer. And I expect the two other waterfalls near here are ones that I first visited many years ago with my mother when she was taking us exploring around Owen Sound.