Shooting Waterfalls with Canon’s G10

One incredibly useful feature often overlooked in Canon’s G10 and G11 cameras is the built-in 3-stop neutral density filter. Landscape photographers know the creative potential a neutral density filter can offer when shooting flowing water and now that creative potential can be found in a point & shoot camera.

I took this shot last Saturday evening just before sunset with my G10 mounted on a light-weight Gitzo tripod. Using an aperture of f/8 and the internal neutral density filter allowed me to capture this image at 1/3rd of a second, which was just slow enough to create a wonderful smoothing effect in the flowing water. At ISO 80, the G10’s 14.7 MP sensor offers very acceptable noise which Nik Software’s Dfine had no trouble eliminating in post.

As a backup to my Canon 5D Mark II, the Powershot G10 continues to amaze me with it’s image quality, versatility and ease of use. Not bad for less than $500 (USD). I can’t wait to get my hands on the new G11 to test!


Flow – Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G10 set on aperture priority (Av) and tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 30mm, f/8 for 1/3rd of a second using the built-in neutral density filter at ISO 80 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “Shooting Waterfalls with Canon’s G10

  1. jeff – i have been shooting with the G10 for last few years – recently it was stolen but i am now debating whether to get the g10 again or move to the g11??? i have read the reviews – should i move up……


  2. These type of images appeal to me greatly, and you have a real winner here. Fantastic color and movement. I picked one of my own images in this theme to be the very first post of my blog, for good luck!

    Great work to capture it with a G10, shows what the camera can do in the right hands… Way to go.

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