Saturday, July 30, 2011


Canon EOS REBEL XS, Promaster 19-35 lens @ 19mm, ISO 400, f/16, 0.5sec.
  My mother came to visit us this week and one of her requests upon her visit was for me to take her to some of the waterfalls that I have been photographing.  Who am I to turn down my mother?
  We got up early Saturday morning and made our way down River Rd and visited Bald River Falls first and then Baby Falls before turning down N  River Rd and driving to the Rock Wall Waterfall. Mom fell in love with the Cherokee National Forest and it's wonderful waterways.
  While heading back to the car from Baby Falls, I happened to notice the cascade slightly upstream from the falls.  I may have seen it before but it hadn't registered until this morning when this large log from a fallen tree was wedged right in the center of the falls.
  This log was shiny from being wet from the rushing water and because of that the red and orange of the tree shown through where the bark was missing.
  I tried to position myself to use this log as a leading line from the lower left of the frame and lead the eye to the waterfall and the huge rock that divided the river.  The raging water flow followed right along side the log downstream working in tandem to provide visual flow for the image.  Those combined with the water flowing on the left side of the large rock forms an "S" curve that carries the eye all the way through the shot.
  The trees in the tall mountain tops in the background were being struck by the morning sun and casting a beautiful green reflection of those trees on the river just upstream behind the cascade.  The overhanging trees to the right of the image bounce a reflection off of the rushing water onto the rock on the far right hand side of the shot as well. These reflection make the photo for me.


  1. I love the way you've captured the water. The lighting is terrific.

  2. Nice shot. Good job on the water.

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