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Old May 10, 2011, 8:58 PM   #1
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Everyone who frequents this forum knows that Mole is a master of photographing waterfalls in a way that produces a silky dreamlike appearance. Today I was in an area with a well-known waterfall, and I decided to try my luck. I was pleased with this first attempt, but clearly, I still have a lot to learn. I plan to take more waterfall photos, either on this particular stream, or other falls in Vermont. I would very much appreciate any comments or suggestions for improving my slow-shutter speed waterfall shots. All shots were taken with the K20D and DA 16-45 lens. It was a fairly cloudy afternoon, and that, combined with a neutral density filter, allowed shutter speeds that varied from 3 - 10 seconds.

1) I haven't reached the falls yet, but I liked the lush moss growing on the tree stumps.
2) The lower waterfall is only about 8 or 10 feet high, but I really liked the cascade coming below the falls and the clear pool the cascade splashes into.
3) Another view of the lower falls, the cascade, and pool.
4) The upper waterfall is about 30 feet high and is quite beautiful. It's a very small stream, but I assume it was much bigger at some time in the past (probably as the last ice age was ending, about 12,000 years ago). At its current size the stream could not have eroded the modest but impressive ravine above the falls. A portion of the ravine is visible at the top of this shot. I wish I could have found a more effective way to portray the waterfall's beauty, as this shot is much less inspiring than it looks in reality.
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Old May 11, 2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Very nice mtnman, I like your 3rd shot best, I too am inspired by Mole, I think you have the water motion, I think the foreground rocks in #4 distort the size of the falls and make it look smaller than it is, but it is still a nice shot.


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Old May 11, 2011, 1:00 PM   #3
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Congratulations on these series. All are awesome pictures. my favorite is the 3th one. Rich contrast, between the shadows and the green. Water movement is superb, all the way from the waterfall to the more shallow part.

Mole is a great inspiration with his waterfall pictures. Now I know that I will look up to him and you for advice on waterfall pictures.

Again Congratulations.
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Old May 15, 2011, 4:15 PM   #4
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Mtnman - glad my photos encouraged you to visit this lovely falls. I am indeed blessed to live where there is pleny of rainfall, and there are plenty of falls to practice on...

These are some really fine photos! I really like the flow and composition of #2. The tone looks a little odd to me, but it may be my old monitor (or old eyes!). If you could combine the tonal range of #3 with the composition of #2, that would be even better!

The photo of the big falls is great! Wonderful balance of rocks, moss & water, and great angle and arrangement. Would never have guessed that it was 30' high - I often find it difficult to show the scale of natural features. You mentioned wishing you could show all the grandeur & beauty - that's how I usually feel when comparing my photos to the real thing. Will usually try a lot of different angles and perspectives (digital "film" sure is cheap!), and maybe find one in a hundred that even comes close to what was really there.

Will look forward to enjoying more of your great waterfall photos!
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