A return to Elbow Falls

 Elbow Falls Dawn - © Christopher Martin-7467

Since the floods, I have been eager to drive up Highway 66 which runs in and out of the valleys where the Elbow River unwinds out of the mountains.  A few weeks ago, the road reopened and I have been back into this quieter side of Kananaskis Country a couple of times since.  On the first trip I went straight to Elbow Falls to see what remained.  Rumours through June and July ranged from the Elbow Falls being reduced to a set of rapids through to vast swathes of land disappearing, replaced by river rock spread over the lost forest area.  The former is not true – the falls remain, as seen in the image here from that first visit after the floods, and are still beautiful.  The latter is very true in many places – many favourite spots, including the winding river path above the falls, have been drastically reshaped.

8 responses

  1. I am new to your site.. I was just up at Elbow Falls.. you’ve got some striking photos of it. I’m an amateur just learning how to use my Canon:) Today I was practicing using a slow shutter speed. I was thinking of buying Nik software, is that something you’d recommend and if so, which one? I do have photoshop but would like some presets to play around with. It’s pretty shocking seeing the changes at Elbow Falls, isn’t it?

    October 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    • Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for checking out my photography. Playing around with long exposures is great fun – I hope you enjoyed the practice.

      For software, I almost exclusively use Lightroom’s Develop module. I have CS3 on my computer if I need layers or some of the more granular editing tools offered within Photoshop – but I don’t use it often. I do have hte Nik library. I really like their Silver Efex Pro 2 for black and white. Across all of their software they have some excellent presets so that will definitely provide what you are looking for. Topaz has some good software too although I find there is less subtlety and control compared to Nik.

      Have a great day!


      October 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

  2. Glad you could get up there again. Lovely composition and capture of light.

    September 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  3. Val

    Beautiful, Chris. Really beautiful.

    September 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  4. lesrainbows

    How mystical!

    August 31, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  5. Reblogged this on lucasredvl.

    August 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  6. coolphototutorials

    Great photo, excellent example of using a long shutter speed to freeze the motion of water.

    August 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  7. WOW WOW and WOW… you know by now I am easy to impress?? – not really but your photos are sometimes so awesome so it is hard to say something else… 🙂

    August 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm

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