This is the second image from my recent trip to Antrim in Northern Ireland. Last week I posted an image of the Giants Causeway. Not too far from where we were staying is the Glenariff Forest Park which has some stunning views of the glen and was fully resplendent in Autumnal colour when we visited. There are also two large Waterfalls in the forest each about a 4 kilometer walk from the car park. This is the taller of the two which is named Ess-na-Larach.
I had already done some investigation before visiting the park and had a clear vision of what I wanted to achieve with this image, namely a vertical panoramic that gives a real sense of the height of these falls. This is not the first time I have created a vertical pano, doing so earlier in the year with Reflections of Sunrise. For this to be successful I needed two images, one of the top and one of the bottom of the falls that I would stitch together later. I set my tripod up at full height and zoomed out to 35mm to create the composition I wanted. It is very important to remember when planning a stitched panorama not to use a very wide angle as the lens distortion will be very difficult to overcome. The spray from the waterfall was constant and I was dealing with 15 second exposures to get the movement I was after so I constantly had to blow off the spray between exposures.
Tip – when dealing with water spray use an Air Blower rather then trying to wipe with a cloth.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: 15 secs
Focal Length: 35mm
ISO Speed: 50