I have to admit, last week really had me pumped up with photography after my success at Doughton Park. Landscape photography is a lot like that...when it's good, it's really good. When it doesn't live up to your expectations, you just want to curl up and hide for a while. Well, I would have loved to have gone on an all day adventure, but the weather wasn't quite what I was going to need for that. The forecast was this...scattered showers in the morning, followed by dense clouds, then quick clearing to a sunny afternoon. With this type of dynamic in place, I decided that I would do better to stay close to home, and do something where the sky wasn't going to be a big player in the compositions. Well, since we were having rain overnight, that made waterfalls the prime candidate for the morning. When it comes to waterfalls close by, Hanging Rock will always win out since it has five named waterfalls in the park.
When I woke up, it was raining, so I opted to stay in bed a little longer than I had planned...but I didn't complain about that at all! I got up after daybreak, and it was still raining a little bit, but the map showed that it was clearing around Danbury, so I figured that I should be good to head on out to the park. When I got to the park gate I sensed that it was getting brighter all of a sudden. I looked to my left and saw that the sun was starting to peek through the clouds. Well...this could make things difficult as sunshine is not really helpful in waterfall photography. I was hoping that the thinning clouds would keep the sun at bay while I was working.
|A Melody Visualized|
I quickly got down the steps to the base of the waterfall and unpacked my camera. I decided to go with my 24-70mm lens to give me as much flexibility as I could get with compositions. I added a single polarizer, and took everything out into the water. The best compositions of this waterfall require you to stand in the water, which opens up the gap between the rock edges. I went down low to the water with the tripod in order to emphasize the rock to the right which was slightly higher than the one to the left. This visual tension was needed in the composition I though.
|Rock and Ribbons|
|A Melody Visualized in B&W|
|Rock and Ribbons in B&W|
Before I completely finished with my work around the Upper Cascades a family arrived. There was just not enough room for me to do anything else here with them enjoying the waterfall, so I decided to pack up the camera and work my way back along the trail. After climbing up to the boardwalk, I saw that the sky was just about totally clear now. The sun was not too far from cresting the mountain, and that was going to be the end of my waterfall work for the day. I had at least photographed my primary subject, so I was content...but I wasn't ready to leave just yet.
After roughly 11 years of photographing waterfalls in this park, I finally made my way down to a brand new waterfall I had never seen before. While not an impressive waterfall, it was big enough that it should have been named at some point. Of course, if it got too much publicity, then I would not be enjoying this location absolutely alone. So, I'm fine that not that many people know about this little gem.
One of the parts of this waterfall that I liked the best was the diagonal rock that juts out in front of the waterfall. I suppose I could have gotten in closer and avoided this rock, but that would have subjected my lens to a pretty good sized spray. Plus, in all actuality, I thought that the rock really added something to the composition. The decision was made to include it along with the waterfall.
|A Cool Spray|
|A Cool Spray in B&W|