Wahclella Falls in Oregon is pretty nice. 🙂 In fact, the Columbia River Gorge in general is pretty nice!
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Poe
This gem is called Ponytail Falls (located above Horsetail Falls) and it was our first stop in the Columbia River Gorge on a recent trip to Oregon. It is a relatively easy, but steep, 0.3 miles from the trailhead, and definitely worth the effort to go see. It was also one of the few falls we saw in the Gorge that didn’t immediately cover your lens in spray. If you intend to go shooting anywhere in either the Columbia River Gorge or along the Oregon Coast, make sure to bring extra lens cloths! 🙂
Many thanks to local photographer TJ Simon for taking time to show us around to his favorite spots in the state. We definitely couldn’t have seen so many great spots without his input and company. Do us a favor…make sure to check out his site and show him some love!
Exif data: f/11, 1/2 sec, iso 100, 10 mm
Below the more famous Kaaterskill Falls in NY resides this little guy, Bastion Falls. This shot is from last fall, when we had gone through a bit of a dry spell an the falls were down to a trickle. Still beautiful though. 🙂
The photo info: f/11, 1/8 sec, 22 mm, ISO 100, circ polarizer
“It is not the length of life, but the depth of life” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introducing Warren Falls in Vermont. If you take Route 100 in the Green Mtn Forest, you’ll see a very popular waterfall along the roadside called Moss Glen (Granville). Right up the road is Warren Falls, which in my opinion are more impressive. The clear water, the multiple levels of deep, inviting pools and the rock erosion make for a beautiful scene.
In the summer, this is a popular swimming hole, and its difficult to photograph. Late fall though, if you’re brave (stupid?) enough to ford the river for this vantage point, then there are some great images to be made. 🙂
The settings: f/22, 1 sec, 16 mm, ISO 100
My top of photo of 2015 is hands down the night I got to see the Northern lights for the first time. 🙂 I sat on the rocks in front of the lighthouse, listening to the waves around me, and watched the pillars of light in the sky dance. All around me, I heard other people gasping and laughing at the magic of Mother Nature’s show. It was an experience that I will cherish forever.
The rest of the images, in no particular order are….
This shot of the mighty Taughannock Falls in NY was taken in March. I have an ongoing photo file of places that I stumble across in my internet travels that have potential… This location was one of them. We spent 5 hrs in a car, each way, for a place that on the whole probably wasn’t going to offer many good vantage points for images. But then again, maybe it would. Maybe it needed to be explored. Maybe it needed to be worked at. Maybe… Well, maybe’s are intriguing…so we went. After all, life is meant to be an adventure. 🙂
Elemental is a shot of Bash Bish Falls in NY. Beyond having spectacular light luck, and great water conditions (the low water level here was perfect for photos…though maybe less perfect regionally for everything else) I like this photo because it comes with a sense of accomplishment. I had been coming to this location for the last 17 years (give or take) and was never able to capture the sort of image that did it justice. This image is a symbol of perseverance. It reminds me that nature is so very changeable and that great images require patience and persistence to find the right set of conditions.
I saw two mind-blowing sunrises this year, and this was the first. First Light was taken as the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills of New York state. The reservoir is about 2 hours away, and believe me, when the morning came, I didn’t feel like getting up. But I did, and we (Kyle Van Etten, Scott Davis, Kathy Malatesta and myself) drove there, and it was so very worth it. The light was magical. It was a reminder of one very important rule in landscape photography: You can’t get the shot if you don’t show up.
Cavern Cascades is one of several great falls in Watkins Glen State Park in NY. The thing I like so much about this shot is the way the light fell in the gorge, and the varied textures making it absolutely perfect for black and white, which – as you may already know – is where I started my photo journey years ago. Oh, and the company on this trip was pretty damn nice too. I met up with Ron Clifford, AD Wheeler and Derek Kind to explore the area for the day. Such super nice guys and really talented photographers. I’m very glad to have met them. 🙂
Last but not least, is a brand new shot from my last trip of the year. Earlier this month I went out west to explore Death Valley (California) and Valley of Fire (Nevada). This shot is from my second mind-blowingest (obviously, that’s a real word) sunrise of the year. My fellow photographer, Melissa Couture, and I were treated to such a show that morning. It was one of those times where the photographer and nature lover in me was at freak out level 10. I felt incredibly blessed to have experienced those moments, watching the colors of the sky shift and burn across the clouds, while the rocks below were painted with a beautiful glow. It made me grateful for the opportunities I have had in my life, for the chances I’ve taken, for the things I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. Not a bad way to close out 2015, in my opinion. 😉
Thank you to each and every one of you for the continued support, the comments, the feedback and the love this past year. It really means the world to me (and to David, my business partner-in-crime!). Keep on rocking into 2016!
Because clearly, I don’t have enough waterfall photos in my portfolio yet….. 😉
This photo was taken almost 2 weeks back on a photo trip with Derek Kind (an awesome guy, who wrote a schnazzy review for our book), Ron Clifford and A.D. Wheeler to Watkins Glen in NY. I had originally planned to drive up to the finger lakes and stay a night or two, to maximize my time with those guys (all incredible photographers, check ’em out) but two things happened. First, I picked up an event photography gig the night I intended to leave. Second, we had a family emergency involving broken bones and surgery (not my bones!) and I had to be home earlier than expected. All told, I drove the 5 hours to upstate NY, and then 5 hours back on the same day. Because landscape photographers are crazy. And apparently, we also hate sleep.
Despite my extreme tiredness, we really had a great time creating together. It was definitely worth the travel time. When the idea of the trip first came up, I thought I would find some foliage shots. Instead, I ended up creating black and white waterfall images. haha Funny how life works out, sometimes, right?
Just going with the flow, I guess. (Get it?? Waterfall….? Flow….? Ha!)
Speaking of fall foliage, leaf season is just about done in northern New England, but we still have some rad colors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and upper Pennsylvania. If you’re looking for a private session over the next few weeks, to help you improve your fall foliage (or whatever) photos, contact me and we will set something up!
For those of you interested in such things, the settings for the photo above are: f/9, 2 seconds, iso 100, 22mm, with a circular polarizer
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