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Old Oct 19, 2010, 9:13 AM   #1
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Kaaterskill Falls is in the eastern Catskill Mountains of the State of New York. It is about two and a half hours by car from New York City. Its name is likely a corruption of “Catskills” when the English-speaking colonists supplanted the Dutch in the early 18th Century. (source: wikipedia.org)

The half-mile hike to Kaaterskill Falls is not easy. It is uphill, uneven, muddy at times, and the big rocks we stepped on occasionally wiggled under our feet. We’d think twice before bringing friends there who aren’t physically fit.

Still, we saw older people on the trail, even obese ones, stopping always to let us through. It seemed obvious, however, that they were using it as an excuse to catch their breaths. (At least one elderly admitted to us.) Come to think of it, we, too, used our photographing the trail as an excuse to catch our breaths.

But the hike, as most websites will tell you, is worth it. The double-drop Kaaterskill Falls stands tall at 260 feet, almost one hundred feet taller than Niagara Falls at 173 feet. The several stones facing the falls serve as platforms on which one may stand, sit, or lie down to view the falls. (One woman did just that -- lied down near the base of my tripod and closed her eyes.)

There isn’t much to do once at the falls other than to look. But sometimes gathering one’s senses to feel the mist, smell the freshness, and hear the roar of the thundering waterfalls until you hear nothing else but Nature brings an inner calm that you might otherwise never have thought you had.

#1) Bastion Falls -- visible from the highway and acts as a sort of prelude to Kaaterskill Falls -- lies at the start of the trail.


#2) Kaaterskill Creek runs the length of the trail.


#3) Kaaterskill Falls. The falls is mentioned once in Washington Irving’s 1819 story, “Rip Van Winkle”. You can see two people standing on the middle level of the falls at left.


#4) A man looks down from the top of the falls.


#5) View opposite of the falls. Part of the trail -- if you can call it that -- is seen on the left. As you can see the terrain is very uneven.


#6) Route 23A -- where the trail head is located -- is a pleasurable drive in the scenic Catskills.


Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.

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these are some of your best work VV for sure. just an excellent series.

#1 and #5 were my favorites. you should have a big version of #1 on your wall.
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I'd go with one and 5 myself but a great series and once again great commentary as well.

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I love the series. Would not know how large until you pointed out those two itty bitty people. It would be a long hike for someone not fit...like myself. How long of a hike was it for you?
What camera, etc. were you using?

I love Waterfalls, water in general...
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Kaaterskill Falls is in the eastern Catskill Mountains of the State of New York. It is about two and a half hours by car from New York City. Its name is likely a corruption of “Catskills” when the English-speaking colonists supplanted the Dutch in the early 18th Century. (source: wikipedia.org)

The half-mile hike to Kaaterskill Falls is not easy. It is uphill, uneven, muddy at times, and the big rocks we stepped on occasionally wiggled under our feet. We’d think twice before bringing friends there who aren’t physically fit.

Still, we saw older people on the trail, even obese ones, stopping always to let us through. It seemed obvious, however, that they were using it as an excuse to catch their breaths. (At least one elderly admitted to us.) Come to think of it, we, too, used our photographing the trail as an excuse to catch our breaths.

But the hike, as most websites will tell you, is worth it. The double-drop Kaaterskill Falls stands tall at 260 feet, almost one hundred feet taller than Niagara Falls at 173 feet. The several stones facing the falls serve as platforms on which one may stand, sit, or lie down to view the falls. (One woman did just that -- lied down near the base of my tripod and closed her eyes.)

There isn’t much to do once at the falls other than to look. But sometimes gathering one’s senses to feel the mist, smell the freshness, and hear the roar of the thundering waterfalls until you hear nothing else but Nature brings an inner calm that you might otherwise never have thought you had.

#1) Bastion Falls -- visible from the highway and acts as a sort of prelude to Kaaterskill Falls -- lies at the start of the trail.


#2) Kaaterskill Creek runs the length of the trail.


#3) Kaaterskill Falls. The falls is mentioned once in Washington Irving’s 1819 story, “Rip Van Winkle”. You can see two people standing on the middle level of the falls at left.


#4) A man looks down from the top of the falls.


#5) View opposite of the falls. Part of the trail -- if you can call it that -- is seen on the left. As you can see the terrain is very uneven.


#6) Route 23A -- where the trail head is located -- is a pleasurable drive in the scenic Catskills.


Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.

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Super, Super pics Vv. 1,2,3 and 4 are my faves.
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Thank you, all. Your compliments and comments are very much appreciated.

During pp, I think one change I did made a noticeable improvement. The waterfalls and stone surfaces were actually bluish. By selectively reducing the color cyan’s saturation to zero, I think the stones and water looked more realistic.

I also learned that CS3 (I’ve had my copy for some time but stubbornly stayed with PSE7) has an excellent defringing tool. The feature is available in its Adobe Camera Raw program and as a control under “distort” filter. For my Tamron lens at its widest angle (18mm), fringing is effectively removed when I slide the “fix red/cyan fringe” control to -51. (For my wife’s Kodak Z980, fringing is removed at -23.) Defringing isn’t available in PSE7 and its accompanying version of Adobe Camera Raw.

Lisalonewolf, checking the exif data on the pics (between the first pic I took at the start of the trail and the first pic I took of Kaaterskill) it shows we took 40 minutes to hike the 0.4 mile. I thought it was faster. We did, however, make at least three stops to take pictures each stop probably lasting 5 minutes or more.

It’s a really nice hike -- tiring but we felt good afterwards. We hardly noticed the time or the hardship because of the scenery along the way, even on the way back. We had leg muscle pains the following day -- not too bad but they were there.

Below are some pics my wife took with her Kodak Z980. I took the photos above with my Sony A350. My photos (above) are multiple exposures for HDR processing (necessitating a tripod) while my wife’s photos (below) are all handheld, single-shot RAWs. Besides CS3, all pics were processed using Dynamic Photo HDR and Topaz Detail.

#7) Sign at start of trail.


#8) Stony trail.


#9) Bastion Falls. This shot was taken handheld on our way out when it was starting to get dark. My wife used the highway railing for support.
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Your wife and the 980 did a very creditable job as well.

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Nicely done VV...'nuff said!!
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