Awesome Power

The title for this image is twofold today. Firstly, this image shows the awesome power of the Kicking Horse River. At one point, the river flowed overtop of the rock bridge that you see in this image. Over years and years of erosion, the water eventually carved its way through the rock and formed this amazing natural rock bridge over the river.

Secondly, this image shows the awesome power of graduated filters. While I always knew grads were extremely useful for landscapes such as these, it wasn’t until I bought some of my own and started using them that I really understood how fantastic they can be. This is a single exposure using a 2-stop graduated ND filter to bring the exposure in the sky even with that of the rest of the frame. I can’t tell you how excited I was to shoot frames like this, check my histogram, and see absolutely no blinkies. Revolutionary.

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - June 9, 2011 - 7:16 am

Another killer shot!

Chris Nitz - June 9, 2011 - 7:20 am

I still need to invest in some ND filters, and this post makes me want some even more! Fantastic shot Heath!

Tobias George - June 9, 2011 - 7:36 am

Love this shot! Makes me want to be outdoors.

Jim Denham - June 9, 2011 - 7:38 am

Beauty image Heath! Good use of the Graduated ND filter too – need to get my hands on one and a 10-stop.

Brian Matiash - June 9, 2011 - 7:41 am

Very nice and even exposure, Heath. It’s awesome to see you enjoying lower density ND filters simply to get a good shot. Well done conveying the rapid movement of the water, too.

Mike Olbinski - June 9, 2011 - 7:47 am

Nice man, real nice! Gonna invest soon in that whole square filter system!

Chris Frailey - June 9, 2011 - 7:49 am

Nice comp Heath. The sky and the mountains in the back are awesome.

Jesse Pafundi - June 9, 2011 - 7:56 am

Didnt take you long to figure out the filters I see. This is fantastic. Great, even exposure with movement in the water. Love it.

Hansrico - June 9, 2011 - 8:05 am

Nice shot! Graduated filters are fantastic for daytime photography! I need to pick up a big stopper.

Brian Furbush - June 9, 2011 - 8:22 am

Sick shot Heath – absolutely beautiful location and heck of a scene!

Dave DiCello - June 9, 2011 - 8:31 am

What a perfect use of filters man, this could be a painting, WOW

A.Barlow - June 9, 2011 - 8:51 am

Really cool shot. I love how you can see the path it’s eroded over time through the rocks.

Chris Lazzery - June 9, 2011 - 9:31 am

Sick, dude. Nice comp. Glad to see you’re happy with the grads!

Curt Fleenor - June 9, 2011 - 9:48 am

Sweet shot Heath! Love what your’re doing with these filters!

Jason Hines - June 9, 2011 - 10:34 am

Fantastic scene Heath, I love the sky!

Scott Ackerman - June 9, 2011 - 10:46 am

Love your ND work man. Awesome!

Charles Dastodd - June 9, 2011 - 12:49 pm

wow awesome, powerful shot! well done!

Chrisdmrf - June 9, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Awesome image, awesome post, awesome filters

I used to have a full set of grads for my 35mm outfit, need to update for the DSLR by the looks of things

Scott Wood - July 8, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Gorgeous image. I have been meaning to invest in some ND Grad filters for a really long time, this might be the motivation I need.