Between the border of Brazil and Argentina lies the largest waterfall system in the world. Iguazu Falls (or Foz do Iguaçu) spans 1.7 miles with varying heights between 200 – 269 feet. After a bus ride through the thick jungle, you’ll hear it before you see it. As we stepped closer to the viewpoint, more and more and more of the falls seemed to unveil themselves. The mass of Iguaçu Falls is incredible! An unbridled force of mother nature.
If you are lucky enough to visit such a glorious place, I know you’ll want to get the best pictures possible in order to relive this once in a lifetime experience. So, here are 5 things you’ll want to bring to protect your camera and to get the best shots at Iguazu Falls:
- You will get wet. And not just a little. Especially if you go on a boat ride, but also even on the boardwalk as you get closer to Devil’s Throat. If you are shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, I would highly suggest using something like an Outex waterproof case. It’s durable and will keep your expensive camera as dry as a whistle. You’ll be able to breathe easy knowing your gear is safe and focus on the beauty surrounding you.
- Water droplets will undoubtedly get on the front of your lens (or Outex Case), so bring lots of microfiber cloths and either put them in a dry pocket or keep them in a dry bag or case. Just make sure you keep them dry!
- To get the water to look silky smooth you’ll need two tools: A sturdy tripod and an ND filter. I made sure I was in a dry enough place to take off my Outex case in order to properly use my ND filter and to get my camera on a tripod.
- I kept my 24-70mm 2.8 lens on the entire time I was at the falls. I loved being able to get the wide shots and also have the ability to isolate a section of the falls zoomed in. If you are shooting on a crop sensor body, you may want something wider, as this zoom range may be too close for this grand scene. However, I was able to create some panoramas when 24mm just didn’t cut it.
- Bring a rain jacket. You’ll be glad you brought it along.
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