Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

Bridge over Multnoma Falls by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

June 2021 - Bridge over Multnoma Falls

About the Image(s)

Shot at ISO 100, 29mm, f/16, 1/5 sec with an Olympus E-M1 Mark II body and Olympus M12-100 lens. Hand held but locked against a guard rail. This is one of the most photographed falls but this image concentrates on the bridge over the break between the upper and lower falls. Monochrome conversion in NIK Silver Efex 2 with many control points which ended up with a minor vignette which was created with many control points instead of the vignette filter which I think kept it less obvious. I tend to make things a little dark but the green filter was used which lightened it some. I then used a control point to lighten the bridge slightly and two merged control points above and below the bridge to take the water back to about what it had been.

12 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I think the capture of motion of the water was captured perfectly. The lower falls is less blurred and contrasts nicely with the upper falls, which are free-falling and moving faster. This contrast adds depth to the image. Nice job.   Posted: 06/05/2021 08:57:23
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Jerry, I am glad you made this observation. This image has fast falling (upper falls) and slow falling (lower falls) right next to each other. Most people don't think about the shutter speed will affect the top and bottom of the falls differently and different on short and tall waterfalls.   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:41:12

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
As you said this location is highly photographed, but I doubt anyone has done it better than you. Certainly, I didn't when I visited about 8 years ago. Maybe, I'll revisit my images and use yours as a guide in editing. It could be a good learning exercise for me. I doubt my water is represented as well as yours though.   Posted: 06/08/2021 16:58:10
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Everyone will take the image of the entire falls. It is a required image, but the long tall line through the image doesn't seem like a great composition. I then tried from above the bridge into the pool below. Better, but not what I wanted. I think the best part of this image and the most iconic is the bridge itself. I don't know if I have seen this done, but it made sense to me. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:56:19
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Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Crop the top down   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:58:06
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I don't have my full catalog with me, but i think this is close to what I captured. I really liked the lower falls and pond, although it doesn't show the bridge as well as your primary photo or the contrast between the falls.
Seeing these also reminds me of my wife's standard comment. "Why are you taking another picture of the falls". I think I had to merge two photos because my lens wasn't wide enough.
Touring this summer, I think I'll try to slow down and take a little more time to enjoy the moments.   Posted: 06/10/2021 19:30:23
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
A man took our picture in front of a giant sequia using a vertical pano. Much different top to bottom from bottom to top. Exposure set with first shot.   Posted: 06/11/2021 09:05:57

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
I agree with Jerry . . . none better. Wonderfully sharp differing textures which I probably wouldn't have noticed in color. I have tried to capture the whole falls, top to the mist at the bottom, and I probably didn't have a wide angle lens at the time. I also waited for a person in a red shirt on the bridge. You beautifully captured the important portion, the three falls, the water looking different on each. A good lesson: 1/5 sec seems perfect, and I need to learn to use control points in NIK. Where is the green filter found? I assume was in post, not on your camera.   Posted: 06/09/2021 21:26:33

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Super, a compelling photo and an excellent mono conversion.

Would a little off both edges concentrate the viewer onto the water a bit more?
  Posted: 06/10/2021 14:34:42
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I thought about it but didn't want to pinch the ends of the bridge, I wanted the bridge to have someplace to go. Frankly I might do it on another version, particularly the right side. It would remove that light colored rock in the upper right corner.   Posted: 06/10/2021 16:01:27

Don York   Don York
I like Stan's cropping suggestion, just a little of the top.   Posted: 06/13/2021 13:20:07

John Roach   John Roach
Excellent image, Stan. Your focus, placement of bridge in relationship to the falls make the bridge seem to be the subject which is consistent with your title and objective. I suspect, if I ever visit the falls, I will seek to focus on the falls and show it from the flow over point and have the bridge lower in the frame. What your study show is how we can see a scene in many ways and make choices about what we want communicate to our audience. Well done!   Posted: 06/17/2021 11:18:33


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