For your weekend relaxation — a view of Montmorency Falls, near Quebec City, Quebec, Canada:
As waterfalls go, Montmorency is both photogenic and easy to get to, if you’re in the neighborhood (it’s a relatively short jaunt off a nearby highway). Some thoughts, though, should you be planning a trip to Quebec City:
- The falls are easy to see from the side of the highway, but the highway is at essentially the same level as the pool at the foot of the falls — so you won’t get a view of the “splash” at the falls’ base from there.
- To get the view, you’ll need to pay for parking near the top of the falls (at the Manoir Montmorency), then walk across the bridge spanning the falls, and partially down a set of steps on the far side — not a particularly athletic feat, but people with mobility issues won’t be able to pull this off. Should you want to walk the full loop, the falls are 84m (276 ft.) tall — so you’ll be walking down an equivalent height of steps. Fortunately, there’s an aerial tram that can then (for a nominal fee) take you back to the Manoir from the base of the falls, if you don’t want to walk back up the steps.
- I’d definitely recommend a neutral density filter to get a nicely-blurred flow of water. I used a 6-stop Haida ND filter, and it worked beautifully — an affordable filter, with no color cast.
- EXIF: ISO 100, f/22, 1 second exposure, Olympus 12-40mm pro lens at 17mm