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Warm Autumn Sunlight on the Mist of Harrison Wright Falls by Gene Walls
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Harrison Wright is just a short jaunt downstream from the “Waters Meet” Point in Ricketts Glen State Park. This waterfall has the most spray of any waterfall in Ricketts Glen. I tried my best to capture the misty spray of the waterfall in the fading golden sunlight.

This is the only waterfall I was able to reach on the lower Glen trail during this trip. I noticed that it was getting way too late to be able to visit the two remaining falls on this trail and still be able to make it out of the woods before nightfall. Right after I snapped this shot, I headed back upstream so I could shoot all of the falls on the Glen Leigh Trail before sunset.

The photo was captured in late afternoon on October 18th, 2011. The shot was taken with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 23mm focal length. The exposure time was 1/2 second @ f/9. The camera’s ISO was set to 125. A ND-4 “Neutral Density” filter was used, no CP for this one. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used. This is a single frame, adjusted in Photmatix Pro 3.2, as a single exposure-compensated shot.

I have written a RedBubble Journal that explains exactly how I photograph waterfalls, titled “Some Tips for Better Waterfall Photos”.

Click Here to see some of my thoughts about shooting waterfall photos

Ricketts Glen is near the small village of Red Rock, PA, at the junction of Pennsylvania State Routes 118 and 487. The park is about midway between Williamsport and Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, in the north eastern region of the USA.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2011 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and light Gene.

  • Thank you very kindly, Joy! I hope your spring weather is beautiful while we are enjoying our fall colors here in the north.

    Warmest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    So beautiful, and love the fall colors Gene!!!!!!!

  • Thanks a bunch, Carolyn! The sight of this view stopped me right in my tracks. I was in a hurry, but I just had to stop to catch this shot before moving on.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Tula Top
    Tula Topabout 3 years ago

    Great work, Gene. Impressed that you managed this with a single exposure. Nice to read what goes into capturing an image, too. Cheers!

  • Thank you very much, Tula! The low angle of the sun really helped on this one, otherwise I would have had to use multiple bracketed frames. I did adjust it a bit in Photmatix though, as a single exposure-compensated shot. (Oops, I see I forgot to add that detail in my description.)

    I’m so glad you like to see the settings and gear that was used. I really appreciate that.

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Simply superbly captured Gene.

  • Much appreciated, Julie! Thanks!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Terri~Lynn Bealle
    Terri~Lynn Bealleabout 3 years ago

    WOW, this is gorgeous. Great camera work and capture of the sunlight shining down on the leaves; makes them glow and really stand out. BEAUTIFUL! I love fall! ; )

  • Thank you so much for your extremely kind comment, Terri-Lynn! I was afraid that the sunlight on the water would cause problems with this shot, but it turned out to be an advantage on the trees.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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    © Hany G. Jada...about 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture by which you can hear the sounds of these falls! Quite impressive.

  • Thank you very kindly, Hany! Yes, this waterfall really roars! The water falls straight down here, and it is really loud when it splashes into the pool below.

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569about 3 years ago

    Smooth as silk. I like the fact that the water is not too bright but just right. I am sure the filter helps here. If you wanted to communicate that Rickett’s Glen Park is a beautiful place, you have succeeded Gene. This image is post-card perfect.

  • Many thanks, Dave! I really wanted to be able to catch the mist of this waterfall, so I removed the polarizer and only went with the neutral density filter. The CP filter was hiding most of the mist that I wanted to catch, but the ND-4 was an absolute necessity. Thanks for noticing how important the filters are for this type of photography. Long daylight exposures would be impossible without them.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you sooo much for this wonderful honor, Evita! I am extremely happy to have this photo Featured in “The World As We See It…”!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Murph2010
    Murph2010about 3 years ago

    Beautiful light! Again, I like the gradient from overcast to sunny…. the transition is perfect and you avoided blowing out the water, again! Love love love the warm autumn light above the falls!!!!

  • Thank you very kindly, Kevin! I made the big mistake of believing the weather forecast for that Tuesday. It was supposed to be cloudy all day. As you can see, it was mostly sunny instead. I’m really glad you like this shot!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • fotoflossy
    fotoflossyabout 3 years ago

    WOW!! Gorgeous! A fave.

  • Thank you so much, Tammy …for the kind comment, and the “FAV”!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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