After hiking deep into Ricketts Glen from the lower RT-118 Trailhead, we finally arrived at the first waterfall of the day …Murray Reynolds! With our camera gear unpacked and setup, the long day of shooting began. Murray Reynolds is an extremely interesting waterfall. You can see that there is a tall column of ice-covered stone in the middle of the falls, with two deeply carved spillways surrounding it. In warmer months, the central pillar looks almost like a Native American totem pole, with several “faces” stacked one on top of the other. The icy buildup is currently covering most of the face-like features, but that is not just a seasonal ice formation, it’s there year ‘round. In the summer, this is a popular (but forbidden) swimming hole. I didn’t think it was a good day for a swim …I just took pictures instead.
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The image was captured with a Canon 5D Full Frame camera using a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the 40mm focal length. A ND-4 Neutral Density filter was mounted on the lens. The photo was shot @ f/16, with a shutter speed of 0.3 seconds. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used.
This series of Ricketts Glen waterfall photographs were all captured in the morning of December 31st, 2012, during an 8 hour winter hike & shoot with photographer Mark Van Scyoc.
Ricketts Glen State Park is located near the small rural 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. The B, Reynolds waterfall is just a short distance upstream from the Waters Meet point, in the middle of the park’s wilderness area.
WARNING: Ricketts Glen waterfall trails are extremely dangerous in the winter months! They are closed to the public from late November unit spring. Winter hiking is only permitted if you are a well-equipped hiker with previous icy condition hiking or climbing experience. Each climber must register and sign in before entering the trails and must also sign out after the hike. Crampons, Ice axes and climbing ropes are absolutely required. This is NOT just a “walk in the park”.
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