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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 like in the black and white or color image below. The falls are about 1.5km long and the river itself about 400-500m wide. The drive to the Epupa falls is quite a long drive. After Opuwo, the last few hundreds kilometers on gravel road are madness, in my opinion. Not the gravel road, it was the drifts in the road. There were so many drifts in the road, it was a driving like slow down and speed up again and slow down again for the next drift. The drifts were sometimes just a few hundred meters apart sometimes a few kilometers, but a sort of annoying! We arrived at our campsite at the falls at sunset. There was not much time left for me to look a bit around. Where are the best places for next morning for my landscape photography and black and white fine art. When I was still at home planing the trip, I had already in my mind what images I wanted to take of this falls. Epupa waterfalls fine art, taken as long exposure, in black and white and of course in color was high on my list. Before I left home I contacted all my friends in southern Africa. I badly wanted to know if there is enough water in the river. Everybody told me, yes there is enough water in the river for your photography! Well, what is enough? I think for the "Silent Roar" waterfall fine art image the water was enough!
Since we decided to spend 2 nights at the falls, I had following day enough time to walk around to find some good spots to take images 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. He not only showed me places I did not find in the morning he had a great knowledge about the falls and animals living in this area. On top he showed me all places I was able to cross the river to end up on little islands for my long exposure images I had in mind. It was for sure a great hike, took 3 hours, but was very worth to do so. You get in places, which you thought, bummer never can get there, but we did. Next point I wanted to know. What kind of predators are living here in the bush?
In Namibia the wildlife roams mostly free in the country! OH, and this was a so much "leopard country", as we love to say. African predators I just could not have around when I start early morning at darkness to walk/hike to my picks of good places to take photos. This ended up that I asked the guide lost 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. Next morning early wake up around 4:45am grabbing all gear, camera tripod and not to forget the LEE Big Stopper and all other filters I may needed. Following the river along the mountains high up with a torch and headlight is quite fine, enough light of me. I go to my very first spot, the one I took this black and white image above from. The sun came up the usual pace, very fast, not like it was in the Arctic where it took hours! tripod 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 slowy one of my tripod legs. This bug was at least 8cm long and very ugly. I was just hoping that it is little enough not to cause any vibrations 🙂
Camera settings time for this image was 148 seconds, f/22 ISO 50 with the 70-200 f/28 L IS II attached to my Canon MKIV set to 70mm. The image processing was done first in Lightroom. All needed to sit before I pulled it into Photoshop. In Photoshop I finished first the color version, see below. When this was done I made a black and white image. Not all my images are suitable for black and white. Like the Oryx Gemsbok wildlife fine art image, I did quite a bit different.
Hope you enjoy the images as much I did when taking them in the wild of the Namibian natural world. If you have any questions please feel free to comment as well to share this post.
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