Springing Into Fall

On my final day in Ha Ha Tonka State Park, I decided I was going to explore and find a way to get to the water movement that Bobbie and I could hear, but not see. The evening before, I sat down with some maps and discovered a trail that should take me close, if not to where the sound was coming from.

The hike was not long, but it was an interesting hike … up a steep grade, then a winding, rocky trail through some gigantic boulders (passing “Balanced Rock”), then down a winding trail. At the end of the trail, the woodlands opened up to a wonderful scene … water rushing over boulders, as the underground spring entered the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks!  Here are a few “HDR” (High Dynamic Range, I’ll explain later) images I captured:

Spring flowing into the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks

Spring flowing into the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks

Spring flowing into the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks

And at this point, the spring water enters the lake, where fall colors lined the lake :

Spring flowing into the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks

A beautiful, fall scenic from the lake! As I mentioned, all of these images were “HDR” images. HDR is a technique often used to create an image that combines all range of tones throughout multiple, identical images (all exposed a bit differently), resulting in a single image where the range of the tones of the image is greatly expanded. This is most useful when the range of tones in a scene range from near black (i.e., shadows/shade), through the mid-tones, and even very bright highlights (i.e., in these images, the often bright rock walls).

In another post, I will share some more images from this area. Besides capturing images for HDR work, I also captured images for “Focus Stacking”. More on that later.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens and Tamron 17mm, f/2.8 lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 100 (used slow ISO to help “slow down” the water movement)
  • Aperture f/22 and f/32
  • Shutter variable, ~1/4 sec. to 0.7 sec.

 

 

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