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It was a beautiful day so we decided to drive up to Split Rock Lighthouse State park and hike the Split Rock River Loop Trail. We had hiked up to West Split Rock River Falls a number of times but had never hiked the entire look.


The guide book indicated that spring was the best time to make the hike because many of the waterfalls were obscured when the leaves were out.


What a beautiful hike. This has to be one of the best hikes on the North Shore. There was one waterfall after another. It was a bright day and I didn’t know what to expect so I didn’t take my normal waterfall photography gear. Now that I know what to expect the next visit will be with all of my gear.


The west side of the trail offers the best views of the various waterfalls. It is also the side of the trail that allows you to get close to some of the falls.


The one downside of the hike was the warm weather. We knew it was going to be warmer than normal but when we met some other hikers on the trail and they pulled out a thermometer and showed us that it was 93 degrees we knew why we felt so hot. We later found out that Two Harbors, Minnesota was the warmest place in the U.S. that day.


As we neared the end of the hike we hear thunder inland and could see a storm coming. For the second hike in a row we just made it back to the car before the skies opened up.


It was a beautiful sunny day so we decided to take a road trip up the Minnesota North Shore. Our final destination was the Canadian border. Our first stop was West Split Rock River Falls.West-Split-Rock-River-Falls-15-4-_2360

I knew it was going to be a difficult day for waterfall photography. Ideal condition for waterfall photography is an overcast day. It looked like our entire trip to the Canadian Border. The bright sunlight creates dark and light areas around the falls. It also made it difficult to slow the speed down to create the silky feel to the waterfall that I like. There was a small rainbow at the falls.


In order to photograph the falls I decided to bracket my photos of the falls in order to better capture the dynamic range in the scene. I would later merge these three photos in Photomatrix Pro. The second problem required the use of a variable neutral density filter in order to slow the speed down to create a silky feel to the water. I wasn’t totally happy with the overall results photographing waterfalls on a bright sunny day is difficult at best.


More photos from Split Rock State Park can be found on my website.