Hérisson river runs in Jura mountains and offers one of the most famous range of waterfalls in France.
If you look for an english translation of the word Hérisson you will find things like Hedgehog or Urchin but the name of the river doesn't come from this pretty animal. It comes from Yrisson which means sacred waters in old jura language.
I wanted to visit this area for a long time but i never took any time for that when i was living in Provence. Now i'm closer and it's easier.
I went there for a few family holidays at the end of the past week. It was not intended to be a photography trip but decently i couldn't go there without a camera.
From top to bottom of the river, there are seven main waterfalls :
- Saut Girard
- Moulin Jeunet
- Saut de la Forge
- Château Garnier
- Gour Bleu
- Grand Saut
So, before leaving home i did some internet searches and decided to work in two places :
- Saut Girard, because the access is easy.
- Gour Bleu, because it's really in the forest and i love that.
The sky was really cloudy and i started to try different compositions on one side of the waterfall. Suddenly, the clouds left some place for the late evening sun and all the area wath painted with this beautiful golden light.
I mounted my Sigma 10-20 on my camera and ran with my tripod to the middle of the little lake. It's probably the best place to show the waterfall and its neighborhood but it's impossible to find an interesting foreground. That's why the photo is cropped to 16x9 aspect ratio.
The contrast was huge between the sky, the bright rocks and the shadows under the trees. After a few tries, i decided to go for an HDR work and the photo posted here was done from 4 exposures processed with Picturenaut and Silkypix.