Saturday, February 10, 2018
So this is how my day played out. Sierra was at my Mom’s, Toni was at work, and I was at home alone for the day. Times like this I enjoy taking advantage of by getting outside and doing a little bit of photography. The problem….rain. According to the weather forecast, there was going to be rain pretty much all weekend long. I can shoot in the rain, but I try to avoid it because of all of the concerns with getting water on the lens, and having to dry my equipment out. That kind of meant that I was going to be staying home and watching TV. Boring!
When I woke up, I could see that it was foggy outside, and had been raining. However, it didn’t look to be raining currently which was a nice surprise. I poked my head outside and found that there was a slight mist that was associated with the fog. I could deal with that if I decided to go out. I looked at the weather and saw that there was a brief period where the rain would likely stay away. TV, or going out and enjoying nature. Well…you know how that discussion went.
I decided that I would find some waterfalls to shoot. Since I didn’t have all day before the rain returned, and I didn’t want to spend the entire day driving, I wanted to go somewhere close. That pretty much meant Hanging Rock or Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain only has one waterfall that I am particularly interested in, and I wasn’t really feeling like working that one today. Hanging Rock had several falls that I liked to photograph…five named falls with another two unnamed falls. I would have much more to choose from if I went there. That made the decision easy enough.
In about 45 minutes I was pulling in the parking lot under a heavy drizzle. Nothing like an accurate weather report huh? Well, I was here, I might as well get to hoofin’ and see what I can capture. I had decided that since there was a slight fog in the air, I really wanted to try window falls which has some really nice textures to play with. I could also stray down another trail and get a few of Hidden Falls along the way.
By the time I got to Hidden Falls, the rain was a little more steady, but still bearable. I didn’t need to put the all weather cover on the camera, but I did need to use my hat to shield the front element from the drops. I was using my 24-70mm lens with a B+W CPL on it which just didn’t have the coverage needed from the lens hood. I tried to get something different from my normal compositions at this waterfall, but kept finding myself repeating those standard shots.
I backed up a little bit and went wide with the lens. That gave me the opportunity to include some of the greenery to the left which added a bunch of depth, and helped to accentuate the fog that was hanging over the waterfall. I had done this composition before, but the water wasn’t flowing as nicely, and the falls got lost in the overall composition. This was working out much better today.
Leaving my camera built as it was, I continued down the trail to Window Falls. I was pleasantly surprised that the water was flowing much better than the last time I was here. In fact, it was prominent enough that I was convinced that I could get a decent overall image of the waterfall which I was unable to get last time. I had the right lens on to get the job done, I just needed to flip the camera on its side to shoot the scene vertical. I ended up setting the tripod on top of a system of roots from a fallen tree as I stood on a muddy slope. I didn’t fall, and the composition was well worth the uncomfortable shooting position.
For many years, I would stop with this particular angle and turn around to make my return trip. I have, however, found that there is a lot more that can be done with this waterfall from the other side. I worked my way around to the other side of the falls, and started to look for compositions. What I like from this side is that the rocks take on a completely different look. There are more curves, and the composition becomes more dramatic overall.
|A Subtle Sigh|
There are clues which will tell you this is the same waterfall, but unless you are expecting it, it is not immediately recognizable. That is what I like about this composition since this waterfall is photographed so many times every month. In fact, that is the problem with all waterfalls. They have all be shot so many times by so many photographers that all of the pictures start looking the same. I try my best to get something a little different when I go to shoot waterfalls.