The Color of the Glacier

The first few times I visited St. Mary’s Falls, the water level was too high and foaming water hid the brilliant colors. During our last workshop in Glacier National Park, the water level was just right.

It was partly cloudy that day, and I waited for a cloud to soften the light from the sun. I used a circular polarizer filter to cut through the glare on the surface of the water and bring our the rich colors. You might think that even lighting like this would be just perfect for getting a shot like this right in-camera… but life is never quite that easy. I used Layers & Masks in Photoshop along with our iHDR workflow to get the exposure just right in every part of the image.

2 replies
  1. Daniel Ney
    Daniel Ney says:

    Hello Varina and Jay,

    Merry Christmas to you :-)

    I have one question.
    Whats the best way to start with photoshop or iHDR? Im a real starter in computer processing my photos and I dont know how to learn it. Can you help me and do you explai it in one of your ebooks?

    Thank you.

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thank you Daniel. Happy New Year!

      We do have some eBooks that might be helpful to you – I’d recommend Basic Blending and Masks 101 as a good place to start. You might also be interested in our iHDR webinar recordings. That’s our most comprehensive offering and it was you through the entire process from in-the-field workflow to post-production processing and blending.

      Good luck with your photography!


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