Sunday, February 13, 2011


Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Tamron 28-80 lens @ 28mm, Polarizer filter, ISO 100, f/14, 13 sec.
  The gem of River Road in the Cherokee National Forest is Bald River Falls. Bald River Falls is 70 feet high with large rocks to cascade over.  At any time of the year these falls are very full of water.  One of the best parts about Bald River Falls is that you can hike down below the falls or up above them for different viewing and photographing vantage points.  The road passes right by where you can take road-side shots of the falls as well.
  Tried to make my way up here during the heavy snow we had last month but River Road was covered with ice so I chickened out. There have been plenty of shots of the falls frozen over with snow and ice and someday I will have one as well. Just didn't want to sacrifice my truck to achieve it.
  This particular shot was back in late October at the height of fall color which is what brought me to the falls that day.  The colors in the mountains come and go much quicker than do the colors in the valley so there was a tight window for getting some shots.  I was very lucky in that there was a lot of yellows, reds, and oranges in the trees and rocks to combine with the greens of the usual foliage.  I tried to use those colors to frame the scene around the falls. Used a polarizer to take some of the glare off of the rocks and enhance the color as well.