Landscape Long Exposure Fine Art Photography
The gorgeous Epupa waterfalls in Namibia right at the border to Angola. Breathtaking waterfalls, when enough water is flowing down the Kunene River. This is not always given during the year. Only in the rainy season, you might be lucky that the falls are filled with so much water. You see that in the black and white or color photograph below. The falls are about 1.5km long and the river itself about 400-500m wide.
A beautiful area for Fine Art Landscape Photography. The drive to the Epupa falls a long journey. After Opuwo, the last few hundreds of kilometers on gravel road are madness, in my opinion. Not the gravel road, it was the drifts in the way. There were so many drifts on the road. It was driving like slow down and speed up again and slow down again for the next drift. The drifts were just a few hundred meters apart a few kilometers, but a sort of annoying!
Arriving at the epupa falls
We arrived at our campsite at sunset. There was not much time left for me to look a bit around. Where are the best places for my long exposure landscape photography and black and white fine art? When I was still at home planning the trip, I had already in my mind what photographs I wanted to take off these falls. Epupa waterfalls beautiful nature pictures, taken as long exposure, in black and white fine art photography and in color, were on my list. Before I left home, I contacted my friends in Southern Africa. I wanted to know if there is enough water in the river. Everybody told me, yes, there is enough water for your nature photography! Well, what is enough? I think for the “Silent Roar” waterfall photograph, the water was enough!
Epupa waterfalls, long exposure fine art photo captured at the border to Angola in Namibia, Africa. Fine Art Landscape Photography portfolio in black and white.
Scouting for a great spot to photograph
Since we decided to spend 2 nights at the falls, I had the following day enough time to walk around to find some right spots to take photographs in the evening and early morning. But a little thing was missing, where can I cross the river to get on some islands in the middle or better places without getting eaten by crocodiles living in the river? This was a little bit tricky to find that out, also asking locals did not help much, so we hired a guide.
So glad that we hired a guide. That guide not only showed me places I did not find in the morning. His knowledge about the falls and animals living in this area was outstanding. On top, he showed me all places I was able to cross the river to end up on little islands for the long exposure photographs I had in mind. It was for sure a great hike, took 3 hours, but was very worth doing so. You get in places, which you thought, bummer never can get there, but we did. The next point I wanted to know. What kind of predators is living here in the bush? What to expect coming out of the bush when taking African Landscape pictures early morning?
Long exposure fine art photograph of the Epupa waterfalls in Namibia, Africa.
What dangerous wildlife is roaming the area?
In Namibia, the wildlife roams mostly free in the country! OH, and this was so much “leopard country,” as we love to say. African predators, I just could not have around. I started early morning in darkness to walk/hike to my picks of the right places to take African landscape photos. This ended up that I asked the guide lots of questions, especially do you have leopards or any other predators around here! The answer was no, oh well, I just pushed this “no” deep in my head and believed it.
The next morning early wake up around 4:45 am grabbing all gear, camera tripod, and not to forget the LEE Big Stopper and all other filters I may need. I was following along the river up the mountain with a torch, and the headlight is quite fine. I go to my very first spot, the one I took this black and white photograph above this post. The sun came up at the usual pace, very fast, not like it was in the Arctic nature where it took hours! Tripod set up, got the camera, and everything ready. Checked the settings of the camera for the Big Stopper, all set, I pushed the button.
Meanwhile, a little “big” bug managed to climb up slowly one of my tripod legs. This bug was at least 8cm long and very ugly. I was just hoping that this little big bug does not cause any vibrations.
Camera settings for this landscape photography were 148 seconds, f/22 ISO 50 with the 70-200 f/28 L IS II attached to my Canon MKIV set to 70mm. The photographing processing was done first in Lightroom. All needed to sit before I pulled it into Photoshop. In Photoshop, I first finished the color version, see below. When this was done, I made a black and white photograph. Not all my photographs are suitable for black and white. Like the Oryx wildlife fine art photograph, I did quite a bit differently for fine art photography. One more landscape picture of the Epupa Falls.
I hope you enjoy the photographs as much I did when taking them in the wild of the Namibian wilderness. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment, as well as to share this post. Let me know what photograph you like better. The black and white or color photograph.
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