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Photo Story: Jewell Falls, Portland, Maine

In the middle of the city of Portland, Maine close to the Portland Airport is a natural waterfall located in the Fire Nature Preserve.  Jewell Falls is Portland's only natural waterfall.  

Jewell Falls, Portland, Maine

Jewell Falls

The falls are about 100 feet tall and there are rock steps that lead down to the base of the falls where the best compositions are located.  There is a smaller trail that leads to a group of large boulders where I found the best composition of the falls.

I photographed the falls at 7am on a late summer morning.  The woods were dark enough (with some hotspots) that at ISO 100, I only needed a circular polarizer to get long exposures (6 Seconds) for a silky look to the water. 

In the morning the falls will be backlit through an opening in the woods.

If you park at the north entrance to Fore River Sanctuary (GPS: 43.671857, -70.316566), it's only a 5 minute hike to Jewell Falls.

Details (for the First Photo)

Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens:   Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens
Focal Length:  26mm
ISO:  100
Aperture:   f/22
Shutter Speed: 6 seconds
Exposure Compensation: +0
Lighting: Sunny, Morning


  • Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5.
  • Added contrast and pop to the photo by using the Clouds I filter in Topaz Clarity.
  • Selectively lightened and darkened the image using Viveza 2 from Google.
  • Used several filters in Color Efex Pro 4: Film Efex: Vintage, Sunlight, and Bleach Bypass.
  • Removed a distracting stick from the rocks using the Clone Stamp Tool in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.
  • Darkened the photo and reduced saturation by using the Black Rose Filter in Topaz Adjust.
  • Selectively removed noise from the photo using Topaz DeNoise and a layer mask in Photoshop.
  • Selectively sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014.

Written by Martin Belan

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