Shawnee Waterfall was still flowing when this shot was taken, on New Years Eve of 2012 …but not for long. By late January the falls will have certainly become completely frozen over …cold, motionless and apparently dead, waiting for spring’s miraculous renewal. Only the churning sound of swiftly moving water would still emanate from the within depths of the frozen winter shell. That sound can’t be captured with a camera. That’s why it was so important to me to capture this waterfall in this particular state, with moving water still visible, along with the surrounding ice.
The image was captured with a Canon 5D Full Frame DSLR camera with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the widest 17mm focal length, shot @ f/11. Shutter speed speed was 1/4th of a second. 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.
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Ricketts Glen 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. Shawnee Waterfall can be found near the top of the Glen Leigh trail, between Huron and Onondaga falls.
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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