The Box Canyon at Ouray

We stopped to see the famous Box Canyon at Ouray, CO on our way through town on Sunday afternoon.   There is a set of metal stairs to get down to the floor of the canyon and the waterfall is tucked way in the back.  There really isn’t a way to take a great picture of the main waterfall – but the lower waterfall can be reached by walking around the steps and down some slick rocks to get to the water level.  This is where I had to climb to in order to get this picture.  It was raining pretty hard outside while I was taking this – and just enough water was filtering down to make it a challenge to keep the camera dry.

Because of the huge contrast in light between the inside of the canyon and the outside of the canyon, I shot it as an HDR to get maximum dynamic range.  I combined them in Photomatix Pro and did some final color correction with Adobe Lightroom.

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 17mm.  ISO 100, f/20, 3 shots centering on 3 seconds

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