|A Silent Whisper|
Of course, I had a lot of options about where to go and what to shoot when it comes to waterfalls. The catch is, most of the waterfalls I like to visit are hours and hours away from home. Not wanting to be on the road all day long, I opted to go to Hanging Rock which was only about 40 minutes from home. There are five main falls in the park, but I decided to concentrate on the Lower Cascades because I just wasn't quite satisfied with what I came back with the last time I was there.
The entire ride to the park was rainy. It was not a steady downpour or anything, but there was enough in the air that I was going to have to take that into consideration when I was setting up the camera so I didn't get the front element wet. I was happy that I remembered to bring my hat which doubles as a lens shield in light rain. I was hoping that the rain would keep the crowds down to a minimum while I was there, and it appeared to have done just that. When I arrived, there were only two other vehicles in the parking lot. As I was hiking to the falls, they were on the way out. I was going to be all alone, and that was a very good thing.
The Lower Cascades is an often photographed waterfall at Hanging Rock and one that I have worked from many different angles before. On this visit, I wanted to play around with some different shots. The first that I tried appears directly above and makes use of the landscape to frame the water. I normally try to keep the full waterfall visible, but I kind of like the peeking from behind aspect of this shot. The contrast between the dark shadows and the bright water help to give the picture a degree of drama as well.
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to grab some of the standard shots from this waterfall as well. With the rain reduced to a fine mist, I was able to leave my shelter and work some locations that have been too deep in the water the last few times I have been here. With the water levels down a bit today, I had a lot more available options from which to stand.
I found a sheltered area and broke everything down, wiping it down before I put it back in the bag. The rain was coming down even heavier at this point and I knew I had made the right decision. I started the long climb up the steps back into the woods along the trail. As I got deeper into the trees, the rain began to be less and less of a problem. Because of this, I started to search out other options to photograph before heading home. There was a nice section of trail where they had built a split rail fence alongside which has always caught my attention in the past. Today was no different, only with the rain, the colors were super saturated and I decided that I was going to try and find a composition that suited it.
After spending a short time with the fence, the rain started back with a vengeance. It was time to pack it in and head home. Fortunately, I wasn't too far from the truck and within a few minutes I was back in the cab and headed back home. The rain kept coming down increasingly hard reinforcing the fact that I had made the right decision to head home. I had been wanting to try either Hidden Falls, or the Upper Cascades when I was finished with the Lower Cascades, but they will have to wait for another time. At least I have quite a few pictures from both of those waterfalls which I still enjoy to this day.
From the day, I ended up with 35 frames, of that I have found 6 that I am keeping. Considering how long its been since I've been out with the camera, I have to say, I've very impressed with that ratio of keepers. Its in line with what I have come accustomed to with other Treks.