Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah (UT), USA

Mirror, Mirror

If you are willing to cross Calf Creek at the end of the Calf Creek Falls Trail, you’ll find this pretty little reflecting pool. We arrived there at the height of the fall season – when the trees were showing their richest colors. The conditions were just perfect at that time of day because the entire are was in shade.

While this photograph is not a high dynamic range blend, I did use manual blending to combine two separate images. I used one shot for the reflections in the water, and a second shot for the rest of the image. I used a circular polarizer to bring out the rich fall colors and darken the wet rock on the canyon walls. Then I took another shot without the polarizer to capture the reflection of the waterfall in the pool. I blended these two shots to form the image you see here.

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