Falling Into Darkness

I’m sure most photographers have done some strange, weird or not very wise things in pursuit of that perfect shot. What I did to get this shot was not exactly one of my most enlightened moments but I got it!

The top of this waterfall starts just below road level and cascades beneath a stone overpass. I’ve seen it for several years thinking there was no way to get a clean shot of it. A few weekends ago I was feeling a little more adventurous than usual and decided I was going for it. I was going to make my way under the overpass and get my shot. Getting to the overpass was easy, what followed not so much.

There was a large outcropping of rock at the base of the falls that would make the perfect spot to setup. The problem was the deep pool of water under the bridge, around 6-10 feet from what I could tell. The only way I was going to get to the outcropping was by carefully making my way along the ledge made into the walls of the overpass. The ledge is visible along the left side of the image, it was a lot smaller than it looks here. A LOT smaller, like less than a foot wide! So with my back against the wall and my backpack slung over my chest I inched my way to the outcropping.

I setup several different shots and packed up to get out of there. I thought going in was bad but getting out was far more unnerving. I was probably worse because now I knew how little room I had for error. After a minute or two I made it out without taking a bath and drowning my gear.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Tamron AF 10-24mm

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6, OnOne Software Perfect Effects

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