I love taking photos of waterfalls using a neutral density filter.Changing the water from fast flowing rough drops into smooth, silk like layers is extremely satisfying. Capturing Iguazu Falls this way had been on my bucket list for years, but I didn't realize how difficult it would be.
The crowds presented my first challenge; walking the overpopulated paths with my tripod and camera equipment in 40 degrees (Celsius) would be enough to test anyone's patience. Setting up a tripod on most of the paths would completely block it off to foot traffic. I wouldn't appreciate someone doing that to me, so I waited until I found a wide enough spot to set up and still have enough room for people to pass.
The next challenge was the path itself. Not gravel, not pavement - but metal grating with holes bigger than my tripod legs. After some complicated maneuvering, I managed to balance each tripod leg just right, allowing my heavy (and expensive) camera gear to stay still and even for the 10 seconds I required for this shot. It was worth every bead of sweat.
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