Below the Falls

On one of my many recent hikes in Glacier NP (Montana), I hiked to Virginia Falls. Just a very short distance below the falls, was this peaceful scene, with a single Aster wildflower plant gently blowing in the light breeze, in front of some cascades:

Downstream of Virginia Falls

This is a focus-stacked image, combining two separate images. One image was used for the foreground, to keep the aster in relative focus, and the second image was focused on the cascade. When I shot this scene, I actually shot a total of 5 images to stack. However, when I worked at stacking the images, I found that the gentle movement of the aster swaying back and forth was just too much movement to stack all 5 images. So I went back and stacked only the first and fifth images, which worked out relatively well.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, shot at 135mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/19
  • Shutter 1/8 sec.
  • Two images were focus-stacked, using Helicon Focus software



Posted in Focus Stacking, Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Travel Photography, Wildflowers
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