The Hearts in David's Eyes

In the early morning hours, on our departure day from the villa, I found myself on the road back to Florence because I’d signed up for an early morning tour of the Academia Galleria to see Michelangelo’s David sculpture.  I arranged the tour through Viator, which offered a skip-the-line tour with a coupon for a free Italian breakfast.

So off I went, on the road at 5am and arriving back in Florence a little before 7am.  I was to meet the tour guide at 8am, so had a quick breakfast consisting of espresso and an Italian pastry (that’s the customary breakfast) and then met up my guide.  We were a group of just under 15 and our guide was not only well-versed in Italian art history, but she was also a native Forentine.

David is obviously the big draw and also the main reason I wanted to see this well-known work of art.  All of the photos were taken with my 16-55mm f/2.8 lens.  There’s no flash photography allowed at all in the museum, so I had to rely on the IBIS of the X-H1 to help keep things steady.

Here’s a shot of the statute itself.  I find it so amazing that Michelangelo was able to envision this statue in a large mound of rock.  Even more amazing is the depiction of the muscles.

Probably most interesting of all, and the blog’s title mentions it, is that David’s pupils are actually hearts.  I did a double-take when I heard our guide say that and had to try to verify it myself.  My 16-55mm f/2.8 lens is the equivalent of a 24-70mm lens if used on a full frame, so I didn’t have the reach, but would at least have the sharpness, so I snapped what photos I could before moving on in the museum.

What follows are a succession of cropped images, moving in closer and closer until…

Voila! There really are hearts carved into David’s eyes!

I couldn’t tell how big the hearts were, but it doesn’t matter.  The level of detail that Michelangelo instilled into this sculpture is amazing.  He was a true visionary, able to see it in his mind’s eye before creating it in the physical world.  That’s true talent.

I’ll leave you with one more shot.

Most people just focus on the statue itself, but there’s so many other elements surrounding it, such as the skylight above.  The lines complement the statue.  A piece of art from the olden days set amongst the architecture of the modern.

Tuscany 2018 - Day Three

After a whirlwind two days at the workshop, day three proved to be even more fruitful! I’d been learning a lot, perhaps too much for my brain to process, at least at the time. Days One and Two kicked off at 9am and ended close to 7pm, so lots of shooting.

For Day Three, we spent the first part of the morning taking pics on the grounds of the villa. This first shot is all-natural morning sunlight. No artificial lighting, but just a slight bump in temperature.

ISO 200 * 56mm f/1.2 lens * f/1.2 * 1/8000 sec

Damien’s version of the above photo had significantly less of a temperature bump, which made it look more like just before sunrise. I like his version, but also mine. I think though that it would have been better if the photo was somewhere in-between temperature-wise.

Next we walked over to the olive trees and to photograph Terez in a bathing suit and a hat.

ISO 200 * 90mm f2 lens * f/2 * 1/2000 sec

There was a nice line in trees in the distance behind Terez, so I did my best to line it up. Again, all natural light for this photo. You’ll notice from the shutter speed that it was fairly high, but it could have been higher, had it not been for the shading of the trees. I’ve been noticing that the Fuji 90mm f/2 lens is very sharp wide open! The other lenses like the 56mm f/1.2, those don’t start getting incredibly sharp until around f/2.8.

After shooting amongst the trees, we all hopped into our cars and hit the road towards Volterra. On the way, we stopped at a spot that overlooked the valley and took the following shot.

ISO 200 * 35mm f/1.4 lens * f/13 * 1/1000 sec

We used a Godox AD600 at full power to light this shot. It was already super-bright out, but shooting at f/13 without a light would have made Terez a little darker, so the AD600 gave Terez that extra pop. The Fujifilm Velvia film simulation brought out the red dress even more. Using f/13 ensured that you could see the finer details of the landscape behind her.

Moving on towards the city of Volterra itself, Damien found this wonderful spot near the central plaza of the city. We used the Godox AD600 again in this spot, and again a smaller aperture in order to capture the details of the wall and the cobblestone.

ISO 200 * 35mm f/1.4 lens * f/11 * 1/250 sec

The above photo definitely lended itself to black and white because of the corresponding black and white stone on the wall. Terez blends in with the photo better, vs the color version where she would stand out too much with her blue shorts.

This next shot though works well in color. It almost has a painted quality to it.

ISO 200 * 16-55mm f/2.8 lens @ 28.3mm * f/8 * 1/160 sec

We left the plaza / town square and moved on to do some more street photography. Damien ran across this nice wooden door and set up the AD600. The above image looks nice in color because of Terez’s skin tone and matching tone of the stone wall. And the dark wooden door provides a nice backdrop.

Moving along about 50 yards we found another door and set up the AD600, this time with a softbox.

ISO 200 * 16-55mm f/2.8 lens @ 40.1mm * f/11 * 1/250 sec

It’s amazing what one can do with a simple old doorway that most people would ignore.

Next, as we were about to leave the walled city of Volterra, we can across this next scene.

ISO 200 * 16-55mm f/2.8 lens @ 37.6mm * f/9 * 1/30 sec

No AD600 this time, just natural light. The streaming water on the right side of the frame is coming out of the wall and pouring into a trough, and then goes into the small pool behind Terez. I shot this at 1/30 sec, handheld in order to make the water look as milky as possible. Thankfully, the X-H1 does have IBIS, so I wasn’t worried about shooting at that low of a shutter speed.

After leaving Volterra, we returned to the villa and Damien told us that we could either take a break for an hour or join him in the dining room to see how he works with Lightroom. I chose the latter and was amazed at how quickly he worked. Well, perhaps quick is the wrong word … because Damien has such a good eye for things, he barely had to do anything in Lightroom; his composition and lighting were spot-on when he took the shot, thus lessening his time post-processing.

After that quick Lightroom session, Damien had us gather by the pool for one more shoot. For the pool shoot, there was a AD600 to the right as the key light and a AD200 to the left as a hair light.

ISO 200 * 56mm f/1.2 lens * f/16 * 1/250 sec

In order to achieve the above shot and the following shot, I actually had to lean out over the pool! My left elbow was probably a mere two or three inches from the surface of the water.

I loved the above shot, but then remembered seeing Terez practicing yoga earlier, so I asked her if she could strike a yoga pose.

ISO 200 * 56mm f/1.2 lens * f/16 * 1/250 sec

What a wonderful way for our photo workshop to come to an end! Afterwards, we stowed away most of our gear and met on the patio for dinner and enjoyed each other’s company as the stars came out.

I did take some time to do astrophotography, but it’s the memories of the past few days and the friends that I made, those will stick with me more than anything else.

My thanks to the amazing Damien Lovegrove for not only inspiring me over the past few years, but also for how he generously gave of his knowledge during the workshop. And many thanks to the very talented Terez Kocova, who helped us all get amazing shots!

Of Things to Come - Tuscany

I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Tuscany recently to work with one of the photographers who has been a major inspiration to me: Damien Lovegrove.  How often can someone say they had the chance to learn from someone who’s inspired a major portion of their work?  I’d never been to Italy, and since I had the time and the funds set aside, I went for it!

Our base of operations was a villa just outside of Volterra, Italy.  Most of us had gathered on the patio of the villa after having checked in.  And as the sun was going down, Damien encouraged us to take some photos at sunset.  I saw these two glasses set up on a barrel, and with the sun going down, I took the shot.

ISO 200  50-140mm f/2.8 lens @ 50mm  f/11  1/240sec

I liked the above shot a lot! But Damien came over to me and saw what I was doing. He asked one of my fellow photographers to pick up a wine glass, and Damien took the other one, then he told me to take this next shot.

ISO 200  50-140mm f/2.8 lens @ 110.6mm  f/4.5  1/240sec

Voila!  Damien looked at the shot on my camera’s screen and said, “There! You just took a wonderful editorial shot!”

That was all Damien.  I had no idea what I was doing.  Or at least I wasn’t cognizant of it at the time.  During the following three days, I learned a lot from Damien about photography and light, some of which I’ll be blogging about over the next few weeks.  It was a wonderful three day workshop and a dream come true for me.  Damien is a generous person, freely giving his knowledge away.  Our model, Terez, was one of the best models I’ve ever worked with.  And my fellow photographers were such a joy and pleasure to get to know.

More to come on the workshop, and — of course — there will also be an “On The Run” blog entry as well, because … hey, it’s what I enjoy!

Trains in Japan

I took a trip to Japan recently, and while there were so so many things that stood out, the first thing I was struck with was just how many train stations, train lines, train tracks ... everywhere!  I mean, the trains are all over the place!  At least in the greater Tokyo metro area.  And being someone who used to be fascinated the model electric trains -- especially around Christmastime -- just being around them got me thinking about electric trains ... again!

This first shot was taken in one of the stations with my Fuji X-T2.  I made sure to get a little close to the moving train so that I could get it in motion.  I thought that the black and white conversion helped with the feel of the image.

These next two shots were taken while I was out on a run in the greater Tokyo area, and were shot with my iPhone using the Lightroom Mobile App.  It really really took a steady hand to get that motion blur while still keeping the other elements from blurring.  

From my archery days and learning to shoot a rifle, I remembered to hold my breath before pushing the shutter button on the iPhone and it seems to have worked!

Stanley Park Seawall in the Early Morning

I've cycled around Stanley Park many times with family, but I'd never run it before.  Doubly interesting was that I decided to run it in the wee hours of the morning while it was still dark.  I don't know what got into me, but I decided to do it.  So with my X-T1 in hand and 35mm f/2 attached, off I went.

You can see the route below.  I ended up running further than I anticipated because I kinda got lost.  My intent was to take the north end of Lost Lagoon back to where I parked, but I ended up detouring south instead.  Not that I was complaining, because I was greeted by the lovely sunrise three quarters of the way through my run.

I decided to run clockwise around Stanley Park.  At that early in the morning, I probably ran into less that five runners and maybe two cyclists.  The runners had itty bitty LED lights, just enough so that we could see each other, but not strong enough to illuminate much of the path.  And other than the runners, there was a maintenance worker riding along the seawall with the lights on his maintenance vehicle flashing.

As I ran in the dark, I could hear critters scurrying in the surrounding brush and small waterfalls cascading down the rock faces just to the side of the trail, but I couldn't see them.  When it's dark, your mind starts to play tricks on you, turning every little sound into some monstrous werewolf or undead bloodsucker...

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

Above and below is Siwash Rock, the only known sea stack in the Vancouver area.  It looked quite imposing in the dark.  Both shots were taken hand-held.  I took a deep breath, held it, and snapped the photo.  I did just a slight bit of noise reduction and exposure increase to clean up the images.

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

Working my way around to the north side of Stanley Park, the lights grew much brighter and before me appeared the Lions Gate Bridge, resplendent in all of its glory.  The reflection off the water especially caught my eye.  The below image is actually for sale on Fine Art America.

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

As I got closer to the Lions Gate Bridge, the green color really started to stand out, so I stood next to one of the lighthouses at the base and snapped the below shot.  I'm continually amazed by the ability of the X-T1 to take spectacular shots at high ISOs and for those images to look pretty good cleaned up with just a little noise reduction.  And the image quality also attests to the sharpness of the 35mm prime lens that I was using.

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

Cruising along the seawall now to the north eastern side of Stanley Park, I began to see hints of downtown Vancouver and the sun trying to peek its way through the low-lying clouds.  

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

No, it's not a mermaid in the below photos, but a bronze sculpture titled "Girl in a Wetsuit".  As I approached this sight, I really wasn't sure what to think.  I knew it couldn't be a person, because while it might have been crazy to run in the dark like I was doing, to swim out to that rock in the dark, in the cold water ... that person might have been nuts!  Then again, what was I doing out there that early in the morning...?

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/30sec

And finally, as I reached the eastern side of Stanley Park, all of downtown Vancouver's skyline came into view.  The morning might have been overcast, but he sun poking out from underneath the clouds was enough to make me realize that this run was definitely worth!

ISO 6400  35mm lens   f/2.0   1/1400sec

It was my first run around Stanley Park and its seawall, but definitely not my last.  There are so many trails to explore that run through the interior of the park.  While I don't think I'll tackle those trails in the darkness with which I did the seawall, I reckon my X-T1 and I are not done exploring this famous part of Vancouver.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1 and 35mm f/2.0 prime lens.

Lynn Canyon and Rice Lake

There are few places where I can run that I can go back to time and time again, where it feels like I'm experiencing it for the very first time.  Lynn Canyon and neighboring Rice Lake definitely qualify as one of those places.  I can run these trails in the heat of summer, the rains and mud of spring and fall, and even during the fresh snow and ice in winter.

I first discovered Lynn Canyon many many years ago because of the free suspension bridge that's there.  Sure, it's not as long or as high up as the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, but you don't have to pay to cross the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

Below is the route I took, starting at the Visitor's Center for the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, then running along the Baden Power Trail until I reached Rice Lake.  The return trip took me south of the suspension bridge to the twin falls bridge, before returning to the visitor's center.

This tiny sign points the way to the Baden Powell Trail.  Is it really 15 minutes to Dempsey Road?  It's only a hair over a half mile away.  But it does take about 15 minutes to get there because there's a lot of climbing involved.

Here we start descending downward.  It's a bit wet on some spots so I don't rush down these stairs.  Seeing that my run here was only two days before a race, I was being careful.

At this point, the trail runs alongside the Lynn Headwaters.  The rush of the waters might be loud, but it's also soothing, at least to me.  It's nature: pure and unrestrained.

After this point, the climb up starts again, and it keeps going up and up until you reach Dempsey Road.  These stairs remind me of the Double Dipsea stairs, though much more tame.

As I climbed these stairs, flashbacks of the Dipsea Stairs at Muir Woods came back to me.  The Double Dipsea is just pure pain, but I tackled the stairs here as best I could, knowing that it would be good preparation for the Double Dipsea itself.

The trail reaches Dempsey Road, which is large homes on one side and the forest on the other.  But you're only on Dempsey Road for less than a quarter mile before the trail turns into the forest once again.  Once across Pipeline Bridge, which is a wooden bridge that crosses over the Lynn Headwaters, you're presented with the following sign.

Several years prior, I went for a run to find Rice Lake.  I started where I always start, at the suspension bridge, but because it was winter and there was a lot of snow on the ground, I didn't see this sign and ended up going towards the Lynn Headwaters Connector.  It was about two miles before I realized that I'd taken a wrong turn.  Not that I was worried as there are people running that morning, despite the snow.  I never did reach Rice Lake on that trip.  It would be another two years or more before I would return to the area to once again attempt to find my way to Rice Lake.

The trail runs around the perimeter of Rice Lake.  But there are nice spots like the one below that give you a glimpse of the lake.

It almost looks like a portal that once you step through will take you to a magical place.  Magical, I guess, if you want to get wet!  I don't know if the waters are warm or cold.  I have yet to dip my hand into it.  Perhaps next time.

When I first beheld the sight below, I did a double-take.

It was such a trippy sight!  My eyes knew there was a lake there, but my brain was spinning because it looked like that bench was on the edge of a precipice.  I'm not used to seeing lake waters so still that you get a picture perfect reflection.  The lakes in the San Francisco area are not as calm.

Here's a photo of the lake.  The waters are smooth as glass.

Perhaps it's because in such an isolated area, free of city traffic and tall trees to block the winds.

Below is a photo of a fisherman I had the chance to chat with.  He'd caught two rainbow trout just before I showed up.

After chatting for a short bit with the fisherman, I moved on and completed my loop of Rice Lake and headed back towards the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.  My trip took me down a different path until I reached the 30 Foot Pool.

The green colors in the pool were stunning!  It was too green to be a reflection of the trees in the waters, but I'd also never seen algae that green before.

Moving along the trail, I worked my way past the suspension bridge and towardsTwin Falls which has a wooden bridge spanning the waters.

The trail is slightly different on this side of the waters.  The below wooden footpaths were built in order to preserve some of the flora and fauna of the area.  Too many feet trampling the vegetation in the area.

And finally we reach Twin Falls.  It took me a bit to get the below shot just right.  I didn't have an ND filter so I really had to close the aperture and lightly drag the shutter.

Below is the bridge where I took the shot from.  I intentionally spent some time there because I knew I had a steep climb coming.

Once back up to the parking lot by the visitor's center, I had to, of course, take a photo at my favorite suspension bridge.

Even though I've now taken photos of this trail, I'll never get tired of it.  There's so many little things along the way to see and take pictures of.  Along the way, there was a memorial and also a relic from earlier in the 20th century.  I'll revisit those spots and blog about them on a future visit.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1 and 35mm f/2 prime lens.

The Race at Golden Ears

Golden Ears Provincial Park.  It's about one hour east of downtown Vancouver and -- at least on a map -- part of the city of Maple Ridge.  The park is huge, also encompassing a large lake.  I ran this course two years ago and it was cold that day, probably in the low 60s.  Though this race day was expected to be hot, and it probably climbed into the mid-80s.

You can see course map below, and yes, the orange and red definitely show where I was struggling with the hills, pushing my heart rate to its max.  In fact, the hill between miles 3.5 and 4.75 might have been almost 1000ft straight up!

This is basically the start and finish of the Golden Ears race.  The first and last quarter mile are run along the lake shore, up the path in the foreground, and the start and finish is the parking lot at the end of the path.  In the photo is Alouette Lake.  I don't know the names of all of the mountains in the distance, but one of them in Mt. Clark.  In that mountainous part of B.C. that you see way in the distance, there are no roads, just mountains.  Just knowing that beyond there is the beauty of nature that has been untouched by freeways and modern conveniences is so soothing to the soul.  Perhaps John Muir said it best:

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.  
Our National Parks, (1901), chapter 1, page 1.

Most racing organizations have a mascot and 5 Peaks, which manages the Golden Ears race, has their own: Buffy.  I think Buffy was probably named in honor of the clothing company Buff Headwear because it's one of the 5 Peaks sponsors.  The picture below shows the start of the Kids 1 km Race.  What I love most about this photo is the reflection of the trees in Alouette Lake.

As usual, I brought my camera out on the course.  This was the first of several stream crossings, though the water levels were low, so I was able to whip across the rocks with ease.  In fact, I tore across the stream so fast that I didn't even see the photographer in the stream bed taking pictures of the runners.  Once across the stream and up the stream bank, I turned around and snapped this photo.

The course is full of rolling hills and sweet single track.  Since I knew I was going to be one of the last finishers, I didn't really worry when people passed me.  In fact, when I knew they were getting close, I'd step off to the side of the trail and snap photos of them as they passed.

This is that one monster of a hill.  It went on for quite a while.  Not the most painful hill I've ever encountered -- this race will never be as painful as the Double Dipsea or Brazen Racing's Rocky Ridge Half Marathon -- but it was still a struggle to climb up it.  I definitely walked this portion until the very top.

One of the more amazing sights on this course is the waterfall.  Two years ago, it was really gushing and the resulting stream that we had to pass through went halfway up my calf, but this time around it was a steady trickle.  Hopefully, this doesn't portend drought-like conditions for British Columbia.  I'd hate to see a lot of brown in the Pacific Northwest; I see enough of it here in California.

And the finish line!

It was pretty festive at the finish.  Sports massages were being offered, and various vendors from Altra running shoes to De Dutch Panenkoek were on site.  De Dutch, which is a chain of restaurants, served up a postrace breakfast for everyone.

Of all the trail races I've done, this has to be the one with the most scenic and awe-inspiring view at the start and finish.  If I were to run Golden Ears again though, I'd do it outside of the racing venue, only because it would give me more freedom to explore the area.  There are trails galore all throughout the park and it would be nice to just spend an entire day there trail running.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens for the start and finish line photos, and the 35mm f/2 prime lens while out on the course.

Buskers at Granville Island

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary...

busker noun  busk·er  \ˈbəs-kər\

chiefly British

  1. :  a person who entertains in a public place for donations

When I first heard the word "busker", I had no idea that it encompassed more than just musicians.  And I came to find out that most public markets and farmer's markets have organized groups of buskers.

Granville Island is actually considered a small peninsula which sits under the south anchorage of the Granville Street Bridge.  It used to be an industrial area, but is now home to the Public Market and other businesses.

And there's food galore there!  Not just sweets, but different ethnic foods, plus lots of produce and fresh meat to buy.  Naturally the sweets are always the big draw, and why wouldn't they be!  Of course, it's a tourist area, so for the food you might pay a wee bit more, but really, could anyone really say "no" to this type of dessert?

As I was enjoying a little lunch indoors with family, I noticed a gentleman off to my left.  He set down a bag, took off his hat, and started to talk out loud that he was going to perform a dangerous mind reading trick.  It wasn't long before he drew a small group around him.  Meet Dave Moses!

Here he is, performing a mind-reading trick on the young girl in red.  She choose a card, then the card was shuffled into the rest of the deck, and then the deck of cards would be placed in the tiny "bear trap-like" contraption on the floor.

Dave would daringly whip the cards out, cards flying everywhere, and magically pull out the card she chose!  There were smiles all around!

Here's a shot of Dave after his magic trick.

Dave moved on and I was full from my lunch so I wandered outdoors to explore some more -- I've been to Granville Island too many times to count, but never with my trusty camera -- and I heard some singing and was delighted to run across Ralph Shaw, the King of Ukulele!

Ralph is originally from England, and now entertains audiences and teaches ukulele in Vancouver, B.C.  A very talented musician, he had quite a few of us stomping our feet as he sang different songs, including some from his home country.

Here he is going all-out in a song's finale, which was followed by a thunderous applause from the crowd.  There was a lot of energy in his music and it made for a nice combination with the nice, sunny weather, and the swirling smells of deep fried seafood at the public market.

There's something about buskers that I like photographing.  Unlike musicians or performers you might see on stage, who are higher up than you so you can see them, buskers are down at your level, so to speak.  They're just like you and me.  You can see them eye to eye.  And because you can get close to them and they can get close to you, it's more of a personal experience when you see them perform a magic trick or listen to them sing.

The next time you see a busker, stop for a minute or two and have a listen.  Then make sure to leave them a tip!

All images shot with the Fuji X-T1 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens.  No ND filter.  For the shots of Dave Moses, I cranked the ISO way up because I was indoors and didn't have my flash with me.  I needed my shutter speed to be high enough to freeze the action, which necessitated the need for the high ISO.

Whistler and Shannon Falls

Whistler, B.C.  Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Nestled in the mountains about 1.5 hours north of Vancouver, B.C., it looks like a Swiss alpine village.  In fact, one of my uncles once said that Whistler looked more like Switzerland than the actual Switzerland that he visited.

The Olympic rings aren't to be found in the heart of the Olympic village itself, but in a spot where most of the visitors will encounter them as they emerge from the various parking lots in the area.  Obviously one of the most photographed things here in Whistler, I managed to snap these photos about 10am in the morning.

More like Switzerland than Switzerland itself?  I've never been to Switzerland, so I couldn't say.  And yet gazing upon the sight below, I can't help but feel transported to what my mind's eye can picture as Switzerland, based on things I've read and pictures I've seen.

Although, I have to admit that I was most impressed by the McDonald's in Whistler.  Where else in the world can you find a McDonald's with a view like this?

And this is what it looks like when you stare out their front windows.

I gotta hand it to the staff at this particular McDonald's.  They were still baking the muffins, but took our order and hand-delivered the muffins to our table about 20 minutes later.  This particular McD's is open 24/7.  It's a bit of a tradition for my Canadian relatives to have a nice causal breakfast at McDonald's, and while we'll rarely travel this far for coffee and muffins, this was worth the trip.

Heading back south to Vancouver, we're treated to such stunning scenery!  Below is a shot taken in Squamish, B.C., at a point just south of the little city.  The mountains present a powerful backdrop over the waters.

And just south of the above point is Shannon Falls, the third highest waterfall in B.C.  The waters are really cold since the source is fresh snow melt.  In fact, the water is fresh and people drink from it often.  I did, and it tasted better than anything that would have come out of a bottle.

Since I'm a sucker for silky smooth water photos, I decided to snag a couple of pics.  I didn't have my tripod so for the above photo I braced my camera in the crook of a tree.  For the below photo, I set the camera on a rock and hoped for the best.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens.  I didn't have my ND filters with me, so for the waterfall shots, the ISO was set to 200 and aperture at f/22.