The inspiration for this image was the following scene:
I’m not sure the video does the scene justice. I wanted to try to capture the feeling of the explosion of water and air that was continually forming at the base of the waterfall. I exposed the scene at a number of shutter speeds, but this one seemed, to me, to capture the dynamic nature of this event the best (so far) — where we see water transformed into something completely different.
Image capture was with a Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8L at 135mm, 1/1000, f/9.0, ISO 1600, polarizer on Gitzo tripod and Manfrotto 701HDV fluid head. Video capture used the same camera, lens, tripod, with unrecorded settings, 24p.
Lightroom post-processing: No exposure change, recovery 78 (to pull lots of detail from the foam), fill 39, black point 36 (to enhance the glow in the water), clarity +78, vibrance +19, relatively strong sharpening with masking set to keep the smooth areas artifact-free.
Video clip is just transcoded for web distribution – no editing.