For those of you looking to take the perfect instagram photo of the Whistler waterfalls make sure you follow these simple tips.
When photographing Waterfalls always make sure you shoot using a few different speeds. If you want to capture the flowy movement of the water try shooting with a slower shutter speed - ideally 0.3 to 2 seconds.
Most photographers will take a photo of the waterfall from its intended position - the viewing platform. While the platform will produce a great looking image worthy of a few “likes” its best if you take a few minutes to maneuver your camera to a location “off the beaten path” you will get a unique view of the falls and really impress your followers. Don’t forget to use a stable tripod otherwise a long-exposure shot will be difficult to execute.
Try using wide-angle lenses and telephoto zoom lenses to capture the waterfall from a distance. Shooting close to the falls can damage your equipment if too much moisture is in the air. Remember that if your camera happens to come in contact with a lot of moisture to use silica gels or rice to help absorb any dampness.
Waterfall Safety Tips
It is very important that when spending any amount of time around waterfalls that you exert a high level of safety.
Structured viewpoints are generally the safest place to be when viewing a waterfall. Typically these viewpoints are far enough away from the-splash-zone that you shouldn’t get wet. Never lean or climb over the viewing platform.
If you intend on getting up close and personal with the waterfall use the buddy system and ensure you have adequate footwear. Watch your footing and move slowly. Test every rock before applying your full force.
In the unfortunate circumstances that you fall into the water do not fight the current. Usually the current caused by waterfalls is difficult for even the strongest swimmers. Keep your head above water and call out for help. The creek will likely be very cold and you will need to immediately warm your body upon exiting the water. Seek medical attention immediately.
All of the waterfalls mentioned in this article are managed by BC Parks and are generally regarded as safe and easily accessible for all visitors. Always abide by the safety signs posted. Check out this article for a basic safety and trip planning guide.
What is the Best Waterfall in Whistler?
The best waterfall in Whistler is Brandywine Falls. At 70 meters high it has an impressive decline as it prepares to crash into the creek below. The immense flow of the water causes a misting effect in the canyon which allows for plenty of miniature rainbows to be formed. It is the most photographed waterfalls in Whistler, BC for a reason.
How many waterfalls are there in the Whistler area?
There are over 9 waterfalls in and around Whistler, BC.
- Shannon Falls
- Brandywine Falls
- Alexander Falls
- Rainbow Falls
- Nairn Falls
- Joffre Falls
- Cheakamus River Falls
- Wedgemount Falls
- Nineteen Miles Creek Falls