Havasupai

kdogkdog artistically challengedSan Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator
edited February 18, 2020 in Landscapes

Havasupai is the name of an Indian tribe who live on a reservation in a canyon that connects to the Grand Canyon. The word Havasuapi means "people of the blue-green water". Often the entire area is just referred to as Havasupai as well. The Havasu Creek runs through the reservation and over several well-known (and photographed) waterfalls. The water actually originates from underground springs and so is a constant 70F temperature year/round. The distinctive color is from a high concentration of lime.

To visit the reservation these days you need permits which are sold on the internet in 3-day chunks, and are very hard to obtain because of its popularity. Day hikes are not allowed. It's about 10 miles from the trailhead to the campground which is where the two most famous falls are located. You can camp in the campground or potentially score a room in the small lodge. We made the trek and camped there for three chilly nights a couple of weeks ago. Even though this place has been photographed to death, it is a place of incredible beauty and tranquility and still a great place to visit. This has been a bucket-list item of mine for many years, and perhaps yours as well if you haven't already been there.

Here are some shots of two iconic waterfalls there taken at night under an almost-full moon.

Havasu Falls in the moonlight
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6 Havasu Falls during the day (with a 10-stop ND filter to slow the shutter)

7 Mooney Falls under moonlight, with a Moonbow!

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9 Mooney Falls during the day (no ND filter)

Comments

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 7,787 Major grins

    Superb K-dog! #1, #7 and #9 are best! Nice shooting at night! For #9 I will zap the hikers on top of the fall......kind of drawing eye and not adding anything. JMO.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator

    @Stumblebum said:
    Superb K-dog! #1, #7 and #9 are best! Nice shooting at night! For #9 I will zap the hikers on top of the fall......kind of drawing eye and not adding anything. JMO.

    Thanks, Taz!! I always value your input. The hikers are a trade-off for sure, but for me they win because they add scale.

  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins ArizonaRegistered Users Posts: 2,622 Major grins

    Wonderful shots, Joel. For some reason, the fourth especially sings to me, but all are good.

    I'll bet you're sore.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 7,787 Major grins
    edited February 20, 2020

    I think if people are prominent enough to add something then yeah it is cool. Here they are ants. The fall looks mighty big. Trees down below are adding lot of "scale".

  • toragstorags Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,409 Major grins

    All excellent shots well treated...

    Rags
  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator

    @Cornflake said:
    Wonderful shots, Joel. For some reason, the fourth especially sings to me, but all are good.

    I'll bet you're sore.

    Thanks, Don! The 4th one is special to me. A wider comp than one normally sees from that area (13mm FOV on FF) which I think really shows the context of the waterfall.

    Not too sore, really. We try to keep in shape for trips like this. It was my wife's first backpacking trip if you can believe that and she loved it. We're going for Whitney passes this year too.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator

    @torags said:
    All excellent shots well treated...

    Thanks, Rags! It was a wonderful trip.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator

    @Stumblebum said:
    I think if people are prominent enough to add something then yeah it is cool. Here they are ants. The fall looks mighty big. Trees down below are adding lot of "scale".

    Well, we'll just agree to disagree. The fact that the people look like ants is exactly why I like them there. We know how tall people are, not so much with trees.

  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilRegistered Users Posts: 3,842 Major grins

    Great work! 2 and 4 are my favorites.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 7,787 Major grins

    I just saw these on my cell for first time! Enjoying them tremendously! Wonderful night it must have been! And you did not go off the cliff!!!👏

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am San Jose, CARegistered Users Posts: 7,787 Major grins

    How long are night exposures? Stars pretty sharp and falls perfectly exposed! Trying to figure it out!

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator

    @Juano said:
    Great work! 2 and 4 are my favorites.

    Thank you, Cristóbal!! I always find it fascinating when different pictures resonate with different people. It sounds like you favor the wider, "sense of place", feeling shots. Thanks again for your comment.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator
    edited February 27, 2020

    @Stumblebum said:
    I just saw these on my cell for first time! Enjoying them tremendously! Wonderful night it must have been! And you did not go off the cliff!!!👏

    Thanks, man. It actually took three nights to get these. Timing of the moon is critical in the narrow canyon. And yes, it was exquisite being out there at night. I never saw one other photographer out at night! It was cold, and everyone with any brains was tucked into their sleeping bags.

    I didn't fall off any cliffs, but I did slam my face on a cliff wall while climbing down to a ledge to get those moonbow shots. Had a nice lump and cut to show for it. Scrambling on rocks in the moonlight can be disorienting.

    @Stumblebum said:
    How long are night exposures? Stars pretty sharp and falls perfectly exposed! Trying to figure it out!

    The first few shots of Havasu Falls at night were all 30s exposures and super-wide FL's between 13 and 18mm. The 90% full moon balanced the foreground light perfectly with the stars. Amazing.

  • Lab_TestedLab_Tested ColoradoRegistered Users Posts: 46 Big grins

    Stunning photos. I'm having trouble picking a favorite between #7 and #9, so I won't bother and simply enjoy them both. Love the stars in the nighttime shots.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,559 moderator

    @Lab_Tested said:
    Stunning photos. I'm having trouble picking a favorite between #7 and #9, so I won't bother and simply enjoy them both. Love the stars in the nighttime shots.

    Thank you!

  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,084 Major grins

    These are very beautiful photos. The people in #9 didn't bother me at all. I didn't even notice them until I read the comment and then went back to look. I must live under a rock, because I have never heard of these falls. Now I want to go!

    Sherry P.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLRegistered Users Posts: 6,732 Major grins

    Good work, Joel. It always adds flavor to a body of work when you have an appreciation for the effort involved on the part of the shooter.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • El GatoEl Gato Global Trekker Registered Users Posts: 460 Major grins

    Kdog....

    Late to the party here...been out-of-country for a spell. An excellent set of images. Bravely done at night too. Thanks for posting these. 👍🏼

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Straight from the trenches Stuttgart, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 315 Major grins

    Beautiful set of a beautiful place, kdog. I think the waterfalls with the rainbow is what I like most, but all pics of this set are superb.

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  • shniksshniks The Light Explorer Registered Users Posts: 903 Major grins

    Awesome shots Joel. I haven't been there yet (probably won't go either), so it is nice to see some great shots of that place.

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