With lots of rain this week and going into work late, I figured that shooting a waterfall might be a pretty good idea this morning. The weather was right for it with deep, low clouds and even a little bit of mist here and there. The trick was finding somewhere I could go that wouldn't take too long since I needed to be at work around 10. That pretty much limited me to Hanging Rock which was about 40 or so minutes away from home, and an hour from work. That would give me enough time to do a little working of the scene.
The hike wasn't long at all, in fact, I think it was just 0.2 mile from the parking area, and it took me about five minutes to get there. When I first saw the waterfall, I was not all that excited as the volume of water wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. Regardless, it was better than previous times, and for what I was wanting to do, it was fine.
I've shot this waterfall many times and have included the entire setting, and moved into isolations before. I would really enjoy another opportunity to shoot the entire scene with a wider angle lens, but unfortunately the trees have gotten a little overgrown in the foreground, and another tree has started to infringe on the top of the waterfall. I just can't get the view I really want for a wide angle shot. On the other hand, the sections that I like to work as isolations were perfectly clear and visible.
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It was actually quite different looking at this waterfall through the eyes of a 400mm lens. I could pick out detail shots within the detail shots I had done before. The water flow was really good for these shots as well. With the deep clouds and low light, I was able to keep a sharp aperture of f/16 and still shoot with a 20-30 second shutter speed. Normally, I don't like to go that long, but it really worked to create a mist where the cascades were dropping. That was just the effect I was going for, and it worked out great!
I would have stayed a bit longer and tried a different lens, but it was starting to rain. Since I had shot this waterfall many times with my other lenses I figured there was nothing really new to gain. I packed things up and started back to the car so I could maybe do a little rural exploration on the way to work. When I got to the fork in the trail, the rain had let up a little bit. I opted to continue on to Tory's Den to see what I could do with it.
I've tried to shoot the den several times in the past but have never been quite satisfied with the outcome. Mostly, I had problems with the sky being overexposed, or the shadows being too deep inside. The compositions had been lackluster as well. Since I was here and had time, I thought I would give it a try once again just to see what I could come up with.
As I was working the den, the rain returned, and I decided it was time to get in the car and start looking on the back roads for additional subjects. I took the scenic way to work, and found a few more locations that were pretty good for pictures, but all of them would have required permission from the property owners to make the images work. I didn't have time for that kind of conversation so I decided to take notes of what and where so that I could return later and do the subjects justice. At least I have a direction for my next rural session.
At the end of the day, I had a total of 30 frames captured. As I started to weed out the shots I didn't want, I realized that my favorites were all of the same section of the waterfall, so I really worked on finding the best compositions to actually process. I found three of those that I thought were really strong images. With the cave, I reduced the 10 frames down to just one which captured the essence of the cave without the distracting elements that I had been dealing with.
It was a short day, with only an hour and a half in the park shooting. I had another 45 minutes of successful scouting as well. With that it was time to go to work. It would be the following day before I could get the images edited and ready to go on the Internet. I am not a fan of waiting this long to go through the pictures, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.