Parc de Saint-Pons, France
The waterfall in Parc de Saint-Pons, located in Southern France, about a half-hour drive from Marseille, is a bit off the beaten path for most tourists, and it’ll take about an hour or two to hike out to the waterfall. It’s worth it, however, to take the walk.
Gullfoss, or the “Golden Falls” of Iceland, is an impressive sight to see. The water comes from the Lángjökull Glacier, and the falls get their name from the colour of the water as it flows in the sunlight. It’s a three-tiered set of falls, each with impressive height and girth, and given the sharp turn in the course of the river between the upper falls and the lower falls, you won’t find a similar view anywhere else in the world.
Gásadalur, Faroe Islands
Gásadalur village is home to fewer than fifty people, even though it’s relatively easy to access by roads thanks to recent infrastructure development. And the falls cascade down over high sea cliffs—with the village and the surrounding mountains in the background.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Named after Queen Victoria of England, Victoria Falls is considered the largest waterfall in the world with a length that is above a kilometre and height that is above 100 meters. The waterfall is located on the Zambezi river.
Tugela Waterfall, South Africa
Tugela, derived from Zulu ‘Thukela’ which means ‘sudden’ or ‘startling’ is the second tallest waterfall in the world with a startling drop length of 411m (3,142ft) and height 948m (3110ft). It is located in the Kwazulu Natal province in the southeastern part of South Africa.
Kalandula Waterfall, Angola
This spectacular waterfall has had a lot of names. From Duque du Braganca Falls, between 1975 and 2002, to Diazundu Falls which was not quite popular and finally to Kalandula waterfall. Albeit the waterfall has seen many changes in its name, its beauty remains.
Lofoi Waterfall, Congo
Also known as Chutes Kaloba or Chutes Lofoi, the Lofoi waterfall with a height of 544ft is one of the largest waterfalls in Central Africa.
Take photos around sunrise or sunset (the so-called "golden hour"), when the sun's light is less intense and more diffuse. These times of day make it easier to get a more even exposure, and the reduced light means you can use a slow shutter speed more readily. Overcast days produce excellent lighting conditions for the same reasons.
With all of these technical aspects to consider, it's easy to forget the creative side. Waterfalls are just like any other photographic subject, and you need to take the time to choose a striking, engaging composition.
Because waterfalls tend to be tall and thin, most people hold their camera in portrait orientation without even thinking. Again, this often produces a shot which is just like all the others. Holding your camera in landscape orientation may seem unnatural, but it will force you to take in more of the surroundings and be more creative with the way you frame the scene..
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