The Flume is located at Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (See Map Below). When I was young I made a trip to the White Mountains. What I really remember from that trip was the flume Gorge with the florescent green moss and cascading waterfalls. For some reason I never photographed the Flume back then. But it always stuck in my mind that I would like to come back here and photograph this place. It is truly a beautiful place. The equipment I used to photograph this video/slideshow. I use my Nikon D300s DSLR, Nikon 12mm – 24mm zoom lens, Nikon 16mm – 85mm zoom lens, Sturdy tripod with ball head, a remote shutter release and a neutral density filter to get those silky smooth water shots. [Continue Below]
I used 2 different ND filters. A B&W ND 1.8 (106) will decrease exposure by 6 f-stops. This filter works well in shady locations. If I shoot in bright sunlight I like to use the B&W ND 3.0 (110). This filter will decrease exposure by 10 f-stops. I like to shoot at F8 or F11 to achieve the sharpest images. The tripod and remote shutter release are necessary for the long exposures. Shutter speeds I like to use are anywhere’s from 4 seconds to 30 seconds depending on the speed of the water. If you try this for yourself. Experiment with different speeds and see what you get.
For the video I also used my Nikon D300s DSLR the lenses mentioned above and a circular polarizing filter. I try to shoot my videos with a shutter speed as close to 1/60 of a second. This will give you a pleasing look to your video. In these video clips I just used a tripod and ball head. but a fluid pan & tilt head would probably work a little better for adding a little movement to the video clips. Consider using ND filters when shooting video to achieve a shutter speed close to 1/60 of a second. I like to shoot my video clip at least 30 seconds in length and then trim them in post processing.
I use Lightroom 5 to edit my photos and catalog both photos and videos. You can also do some simple video editing in Lightroom 5 as well. I use ProShow Gold a slideshow creation program to assemble the photographs and video clips. It also allows me to add captions, titles, credits, special-effects, transitions and music to this slideshow video project.