As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits of staying at the Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa is that you are granted exclusive early access to falls since the hotel property is actually located inside Iguazu National Park. What this means, particularly for photographers, is that you get to take photos like this:
Now that may not mean much unless you compare it with this photo. Not only is it near impossible to get any slow shutter photos of value, but each and every walkway is riddled with people during the normal park hours.
And yet another croded viewing platform.
The advantage of staying at the hotel inside the park means that if you wake up early enough, or hang out late enough (there’s really no one actually that concerned with early birds or strays, to be perfectly honest), you get to take pictures like this. This is a photo RonDawg shot of me in front of Salto Bossetti. It was definitely our second fave waterfall, right behind “Gushy McGush.”
I don’t believe that any non-Sheraton guests could pull this off, because there is a big park entrance where you pay your fees to get into the park. Since the Sheraton is located in the park, you just mosey on down over to the trail heads. There is one big “no pasar” sign, but we encountered a park official who shot us a smile and a “Buenos Dias,” and went on his way.
This is another of our faves. Probably my fourth fave. I don’t recall the name, but some of my fave shots from this trip are of Ronna standing up top on the bridge by herself. We took those on another day though.
On this particular day, we woke up early and caught the morning mist over the falls. It was a really nice contrast to the bright skies and rainbows that we caught the day before and the day after. I’m always stoked for bright skies when I’m playing in waterfalls, but sometimes the photographer in me hopes for these kind of moody shots with perfect lighting.
The thing about these falls is that we couldn’t help staring at them. They’re so majestic and so mesmerizing, we’d just stand and stare. I found myself doing that in Iceland quite a bit as well. There is just something so enchanting about the fall of water from dozens of feet up.
That morning mist tho.
And then switched to my 10-20mm wide angle for more slow shutter action. You can see the clouds were starting to break in this pic.
I actually was able to shoot this one later afternoon because most of the non-Sheraton guests had to rush back to their rides when the park closes at 6pm. All of the lower lookouts are really close to the falls and you pretty much get drenched. It feels amazing.
I know it’s cheesy and a little ridiculous, but I took advantage of being alone and selfied the heck out of this place. Sure, Ronna was there, and sure we had tripods and selfie sticks and Joby gorillapods (aka VAB’s), but every once in a while you just need a standard run-of-the-mill handheld phone selfie.
Ronna isn’t quite as cheesy as me, and was pretty reluctant to do it … but after I pointed out the very low odds that she’d ever get the opportunity to take a selfie at Iguazu Falls (with NO ONE else around for miles) … she buckled. This photo is one of the highlights of my trip.
And lastly, my fave photo that Ronna shot of me. I love the scale and perspective of the falls in this pic. There’s no way we could have shot this with the crowds, so I’ll be forever indebted to her for getting us that room inside the park =)