Natural landscapes: shadows and light in the canyon


After the challenge of photographing Crescent Falls (you can check out the picture here:, I turned the camera to where the river was going and dealt with the challenge of strong light on the trees and a canyon in shadow.
I managed to balance the lighting pretty well, even as I knew I would transform the dull brown water into a more pleasing blue in Photoshop. Some might think this is wrong, but I have little interest in being a documentary photographer. I’m trying my imperfect best to be a fine art photographer and that means interpreting a scene, rather than simply recording it.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the trees and sky.

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