Waterfalls & Light


West Virginia Waterfalls – Part I
I was pleasantly surprised with my results from a visit to Elakala Falls in Blackwater State Park. We went on a sunny morning and found several photographer’s already there, including some people from my camera club. I like to provide a sense of place when available and think including the bridge helps to set the falls apart from others. It was a little steep and slippery getting to the bottom but I’m glad I made the effort. I confess that I was a little skeptical going in since the sun was quite bright which usually produces too much glare and contrast on waterfalls. Luckily the light was such that most of the falls were in the shade or filtered by the trees. For the most part, waterfalls photograph better in diffused light. Compare the Blackwater Falls in this post with one shot 2 days earlier with brighter light, shown in the previous post titled, ‘Familiar Places’.

'Elakala Falls I' © Denise Bush

'Elakala Falls II' © Denise Bush

'Elakala Falls III' © Denise Bush

'Roadside Cascade' © Denise Bush

'Blackwater Falls in Autumn' © Denise Bush

14 Responses to “Waterfalls & Light”

  1. Wow. It looks so beautiful 🙂

  2. 2 Linda Kamholz

    Denise, you are definitely “the Queen” of waterfall images — you turn out so many nice ones!

    Just my .02 — totally subjective: I like the first one, but I think it needs to be darkened in the upper left corner as it competes with the lighter values of the waterfalls. I’d also like to see a couple of different crops for number 3 — perhaps a bit too much space in the foreground? But really Denise, they are great. I’m not a big fan of photographing waterfalls — I’ll just leave it to you!

  3. 3 denisebushphoto

    Thanks for your comments — on any post. You are right Linda — I should darken the upper left of no. I. I did it a little bit but it needs more.

    • 4 denisebushphoto

      I made it a little darker in the upper left and replaced it.

  4. WOW! Your photos are amazing. I can tell I’m going to have fun looking through your blog:) So nice meeting you last week!

  5. Amazing photos! What a place!!!

  6. Hi Denise,
    The pics are absolutely gorgeous. You really have the waterfall technique down pat.

  7. Denise, all these “Waterfalls” are beautiful!!!

  8. 9 Jack Mroz

    WV is just a beautiful as NY, VT, or NH. Great captures of the falls and the other areas as well. I love the WV Homestead. Lindy Point had some nice colors.

  9. Hey … you take a really good waterfall shot. Just the right exposure for the water movement and especially the shadows. I still have problems with the shadows.

  10. 11 denisebushphoto

    Thanks to all for looking at my blog and posting comments. Waterfalls are very often a high dynamic range situation with the bright white water and the dark crevices of the rocks. I ALWAYS bracket when the time and situation allow. I have never regretted it, nor have I ever thought to myself ‘gee, I wish I didn’t bracket that’. My norm is 3 shots — 1 stop apart. Our cameras are not capable of capturing the range in light we see with just one frame. Sometimes I manually blend the shots and sometimes I use HDR. When I am finished I often can’t remember or tell which is which.

  11. 12 Deb

    Wonderful Denise!

  12. Hi Denise. You did a great job of capturing the waterfalls and giving a sense of how they “fit” into the landscape. I disagree with Linda Kamholz who suggested cropping out some of the foreground in #3. By not cropping, you showed more about the area instead of just a waterfall. My two cents, and not picking on Linda. I was there and know how bright it was in the area above Elakala Falls. Your bracketing (and darkening) worked wonders to capture a beautiful image.

  13. 14 denisebushphoto

    Thanks Deb & Ken!

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