I’ve finally managed to edit my way through the photos from my backpack to James Peak last July.  Kevin and I went out for two nights.  We loaded ourselves up with camera gear and didn’t hike much- so we shot a lot of pictures.  This shot was a waterfall below James Lake.  It took a 2-stop neutral density filter plus a polarizer (and a tripod, of course) to slow down the shutter enough to blur the water.  I actually shot it as an HDR image to bring out the details in the shadows while keeping the water from blowing out.  I then converted to black and white to help emphasize the textures, in particular the silkiness of the water on the rocks (hard to see at the size below, unfortunately).

WIRR 2009 July4

Technical Data:  Canon Rebel XTi; Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 17mm; f/11 at 1/15, 1/60, 1/4; ISO 100; Photomatix; Silver Efex Pro.