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Autumn’s First Blush

13 Oct
Autumn's First Blush :: PA

Autumn’s First Blush :: PA

The leaves have been really slow to turn this year.  This was taken in Pennsylvania the last weekend of September, and as you can see, there is barely any color in the trees!  Mama Nature is being quite the trickster this year.

TIP: This shot was taken with a circular polarizer to give the foliage a lush feel and to cut down in the reflections on top of the water.  It also cuts the amount of light hitting the sensor, allowing me to use a longer exposure to capture the movement of the water and leafy vortex. 🙂

The settings, for those of you interested in such things! : iso 100, f/14, 6 sec, 12 mm

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Waterfall Photography Classes

5 May
The Rush :: PA

The Rush :: PA

From a quiet tinkling of a stream through the forest, to the roar of a Niagara caliber drop, I just love waterfalls.  Maybe it’s because it is what I grew up with?  Maybe it’s because they’re so damn pretty?  Maybe it’s the challenge?

Probably all three.

Waterfalls are all different, with variable lighting conditions, air saturation, surrounding landscape, water speed and footing.  Really, I’ve found that each one needs to be treated as an individual to produce a photo that will capture the best parts of its personality (so to speak).  I’m grateful to live in an area that affords me so much practice with this type of landscape.  It’s turned into a cornerstone for my portfolio, and this year, I’m happy to announce, I will be offering waterfall photography lessons!  You can contact me at seespotsphoto@yahoo.com for more information, or sign up for our newsletter here.

I offer private lessons for those of you looking for a one-on-one intro to photography, as well as mini-waterfall workshops in the New England area and ….if all goes well with our permit acquisition…a large waterfall workshop this fall (to be announced, co-taught with David Pasillas), when the leaves are turning gold, yellow and red. 🙂