Waterfall in Elves Chasm

Well it’s time to continue on with my series describing my top voted images from the photo display. In third place was this image from Elves Chasm on the Colorado River with 11% of the votes. This image was made last September during our 18 day rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. An absolutely amazing trip, but that’s another story!

We reached Elves Chasm after travelling 117 miles down river; eight days on from where we started. This is a very narrow part of the Grand Canyon and its granite walls extend almost vertically from the river surface for nearly a thousand feet. “Elves” is one of those “must see” locations and there was a lot of anticipation on the approach amongst our group of 14.

By this stage of the trip we were all excited by the concept of fresh stream water that was significantly warmer and cleaner than the dam-fed Colorado. Most of our group eagerly swam through the pool and into the cave behind the falls. The cave then winds up and comes out on the ledge about halfway up the falls. We spent some time jumping off the falls and enjoying the water.

After everyone had started to move back to our boats I set my camera up on it tri-pod to compose this shot. I used my trusty Nikkor 12-24 mm f/4 set at 18 mm and a B+W circular polarizer to reduce reflections. Exposure was f/8 at 1/5 of a second, ISO 100.