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Too Many Steps To Count... by Gene Walls

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F. L. (Frank) Ricketts Waterfall is made up of many small steps that create these cascade style falls …way too many steps to count. Watching the water of Kitchen Creek tumble down this waterfall reminds me of seeing dozens of “slinky” toys going down stairs side-by-side (each starting from the top at slightly different times). The effect is very entertaining, if not completely hypnotic.

Daylight was fading very quickly here, it was after 6 PM already. I still had one more site to photograph yet. As soon as I was sure I had this shot “in the can”, I high-tailed it toward my 19th (and final) “named” waterfall of the day. There was still more than a mile of trail to be hiked before I could get my pack off of my back and head for home.

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This photo was captured on October 18th, 2011, well past sunset. It was taken with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 27mm focal length. Manual exposure was used, the shutter speed was set to 1 second, with an aperture of f/7.1. The camera’s ISO was set to 125. No lens filters were used for this shot, due to the very dim lighting conditions. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used.

This image is “straight from the camera”, As-Is. The RAW camera format was simply converted to JPEG using Photoshop CS2, with no alterations or enhancements applied.

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
  • This honor is truly appreciated, Pop’s! Thanks a lot for Featuring this photo in my favorite RB group!

    Very gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 2 years ago

    Wow – this is gorgeous Gene!!! The water level looks perfect for long exposure – great job!

  • Thanks, Lori! Yes, the water was flowing beautifully on that day …without being muddy (like it was in the spring). The soft evening light really helped with the exposure.

    Warmest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 2 years ago

    10/30/11 ~ Congrats on being featured in Welcome Pennsylvania ~ keep up the great work!!!

  • This is a wonderful honor, Lori! Thank you so much for Featuring this photo in “Welcome Pennsylvania”!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture and POV! Congrats on the feature in Welcome Pa!

  • Thank you so much, Angie! Greatly appreciated!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture Gene.

  • Thanks a lot, Julie!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

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