The first few times I visited St. Mary’s Falls, the water level was too high and foaming water hid the brilliant colors. During our last workshop in Glacier National Park, the water level was just right.
It was partly cloudy that day, and I waited for a cloud to soften the light from the sun. I used a circular polarizer filter to cut through the glare on the surface of the water and bring our the rich colors. You might think that even lighting like this would be just perfect for getting a shot like this right in-camera… but life is never quite that easy. I used Layers & Masks in Photoshop along with our iHDR workflow to get the exposure just right in every part of the image.