This past weekend, I met up with a small group of friends to do some waterfall photography in the back woods of North Georgia. I am always up for waterfall photography! When you throw in nice weather conditions and a waterfall I've never visited before, I will be even more excited.
I wanted to make sure I was traveling light for the trip, so I only took the Canon 5D IV and the new Tamron 24-70mm G2 Lens. This was my second chance to try out the new Tamron Lens. I have no idea how they did it, but they managed to make it even better than the previous 24-70, which I used more than any other lens in my arsenal.
One of the falls we visited was Crow Creek Falls. It has two parts, an Upper Crow Creek Falls and a Lower Crow Creek Falls. I enjoyed the upper falls much more and spent more time photographing it.
Did I mention that I only brought my 24-70mm lens? When I typically shoot these water scenes, I like to use a wide angle lens and anchor the foreground with something. In my experience going with a wider lens, like a 15-30mm is usually too wide for these scenes. It also presents a bit of another problem in the fact that you will absolutely need a circular polarizer for these scenes...and although I have the polarizer setup for that lens, it is bulky and takes a bit of work to assemble. I went the lazy route and stuck with the 24-70mm lens and its easy peasy, screw on polarizer.
I wanted to use this group of rocks and small cascade as my foreground anchor, but when I tried that at 24mm I was losing the main waterfall in my composition. I need to be wider! Crap, I was lazy and didn't bring my wider lens. What did I do? I took two shots. One for the foreground, then another including the main waterfall in the background overlapping the scene by about 30%. In Lightroom I used the Photo Merge feature to create a panoramic out of the two images. I got the composition I wanted and I could still be a little lazy by only bringing one lens...winner winner chicken dinner!
Image made with Canon 5D IV, Tamron 24-70mm G2 Lens and Sirui Circular Polarizer. Gear supported by a Sirui W-2204 Tripod and K-20x Ballhead.