The B. Reynolds Waterfall was named for Benjamin Reynolds, the brother of Robert B. Ricketts’ wife, Elizabeth. This is the second waterfall along the Glen Leigh Trail, as you are hiking upstream from the “Waters Meet” Point. This scene is just beyond Wyandot Falls, in Ricketts Glen State Park.
This waterfall has a very dramatic 40 foot drop. There are huge boulders that overhang the falls from the steep cliffs above. I wanted to show the overall landscape of this very unusual site, so I shot a wider view. The trees were loosing their autumn leaves, revealing much more of the ridge above the falls than you can see during the spring and summer months.
The photo was captured on October 18th, 2011 as sunset was approaching. It was shot with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the widest 17mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/5th second @ f/7.1. 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, in the vertical frame position. A remote shutter release cable was also used.
I must admit that, sometimes I am so focused on capturing the “power and glory” of the actual waterfall itself, that I tend to miss the bigger picture that adds so much to the total majesty of a scene. When I opened my eyes to see at the overall impact of the wilderness setting around this this well know landmark, I almost felt that I had just really “seen” it for the first time.
I have written a RedBubble Journal that explains exactly how I photograph waterfalls, titled “Some Tips for Better Waterfall Photos”.
Ricketts Glen is near the town 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.
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