Spring Run-Off

A vertical panorama of a waterfall fueled by melting snow in the early spring.

This photo was taken on part of the Bruce Trail that runs near Duntroon, Ontario in the spring of 2010.

I was out for a hike through the area, as I was told it was beautiful. At this time of the year, much of the surroundings were dull and brown and I was having a hard time getting a good composition. On my way back, I saw this stream.

Traveling up the hill a ways, and spending about 20 minutes clearing out debris from the flow of water, I knew I had an image. Setting on the camera in the water (and only wearing sneakers), I proceeded to create this vertical panorama.

I used a neutral density filter to get a four second exposure for each image used in the panorama. The camera was not on stable ground, so keeping things steady was a challenge. I ended up soaking my feet by the end of it, but I went home with a great photograph.

Unfortunately, the walk back to the car was quite long and my feet were frozen. No harm done, but extremely uncomfortable!

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