My Most Challenging Shot: Iguazú Falls by Moonlight

by Fábio Pereira Bernardino
"After a full day of activities, a friend insisted that we take a night tour of the Iguazú National Park – a tour that only happens during full moon nights.
Arriving at the falls, everybody was looking for the best place to take their photos. Two or three people had tripods, but I had decided not to bring mine. I only had my Canon 50D and EF-S 10-22mm lens. The floor of the viewing platform was slippery; everyone was having a hard time trying to position themselves because of all the people wanting the best view possible. For a tripod, the platform did not inspire much confidence in stability, either, because it wobbled with the every viewer’s movements.
As I only had the camera it was simply a matter of being the closest to the handrail, resting the camera over it and trying to steady it throughout some long exposures at high ISOs. Trial and error allowed me to find the exposure I was looking for.
To get the picture, I had to battle the slippery conditions, the crowd of people, an unsteady platform and the lack of ambient light. In the end, I was happy with the picture I got!"
Canon EOS 50D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
10mm, f/4.5, ISO 1600, 4 sec
Thanks Fábio for sending in your Most Challenging Shot story! If you'd like to share your Most Challenging Shot, email us at with "My Most Challenging Shot" as the subject.
We would also like to congratulate Fábio for recently taking 1st place in the nature category of the Ambiente Imagens Dispersas 2013 Photography Competition!
Posted: 11/12/2013 6:29:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Category: Photo Stories
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