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Fading October Daylight at Shawnee Falls by Gene Walls

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This is the Shawnee Waterfall, near the top of Glen Leigh in Ricketts Glen State Park. My current RedBubble avatar photo was taken at this site by photographer Mark Van Scyoc, during our hike here last fall. I know this landmark very well, it is one of nature’s amazing sites that truly means the most to me.

With only two waterfalls left to shoot on this trip, I spent a lot of precious remaining daylight time trying to capture the true “essence” of Shawnee Falls. It was getting very late, I knew I was risking having to finish the last couple miles of my hike in the dark. However, the light was so perfect here that I knew it might be my best opportunity to shoot my favorite photo of this place that I love so much.

This photo was captured on the evening of October 18th, 2011, well after sunset. It was taken with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 24mm focal length. Manual exposure was used, the shutter speed was set to 3.2 seconds, with an aperture of f/18. The camera’s ISO was set to 125 (due a slip of the finger, I had intended it to be 100). A Circular Polarizing filter was used, (no ND filter for this shot, due to the low light conditions). The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used.

I hope you like this photo at least half as much as I was enjoying my totally solitary time there (It was so late that there wasn’t another soul around. I had the whole place to myself).

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 located 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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  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so kindly for this great honor, Pop’s! It really make my day to see this shot Featured in “The World As We See It”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 3 years ago

    Nice one, Gene!!

  • Thanks a bunch, John!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!!

  • This is fantastic news, Meeli! Thank you very, very kindly for Featuring this photo in “A Wilderness Somewhere”! The honor is greatly appreciated!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569about 3 years ago

    Another gem in your series of Pennsylvania beauty. You skillfully handled what looks like a tricky lighting situation to produce lovely details.

  • Thank you so much, Dave! Actually, the dim evening light here helped to make this site a bit easier to capture than most of them on this trip. It turned out to be one of the few shots from the hike that I could post “as-is”. The bright sunlight on this day presented a challenge at many of the other falls, though.

    I really appreciate your very kind words!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • BigD
    BigDabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very, very much for this wonderful honor, Big D! I am extremely happy to see this photo Featured in “Canon DSLR”! Deeply appreciated!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 3 years ago

    Lovely background color, Gene! An extra week can make a real difference.

    I ended up converted my Oct 10th shots to B&W.. I’ll one of them today.

  • Thank you so much, Aaron! It was a long day of shooting solo, but I was so glad I was able to make it there when I did. Although, the weather forecast was for cloudy skies, it turned out to be totally clear all day. I had a great hike though. I got reasonably usable shots of every named site on “the loop”, but didn’t get back to my van until after dark.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work!!!

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work!!!

  • Thank you so much for this fantastic honor, Monica! It really makes my day to find this shot Featured in “Live & Let Live”! This kind Feature is very much appreciated!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your gorgeous feature in Live & Let Live Group ! ~ Warmest wishes ~ Lynne

  • Thank you so much, Lynne! I really appreciate your very kind encouragement!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 3 years ago

    with out looking at the name, I guessed it was your work, another stunning image Gene a fav of me

  • Thank you very kindly, Elaine! It is a wonderful compliment that you recognized this work as mine so quickly! That really means a lot to me!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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