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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  1. Mike Victorino November 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM #

    Another beautiful image Curt
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  2. Mark Summerfield November 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM #

    The wonderful result made all that struggle and tightrope walking along the ledge worthwhile!
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  3. Edith Levy November 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM #

    Glad you got out of there unscathed but the end result was worth it. Awesome shot Curt. I love the look of the water.
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  4. Kris Koeller November 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM #

    You’ve got an incredible ability to find terrific places to take photos… Another beautiful shot.
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  5. Len Saltiel November 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM #

    Well worth the adventure Curt. There are times when we photographers throw caution to the wind and when the results come out like these, it’s worth it.
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  6. Chris Frailey November 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM #

    I sow wish we had water like that here in AZ.
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  7. Rick Louie November 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

    No guts no glory! Well done! Excellent shot!
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  8. Jimi Jones November 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM #

    Haha… I was glad to get to the happy ending of this post. It wasn’t sounding to good for a moment.
    I tell you one thing though, this is a great shot and was well worth the effort. Fine job, Curt. I like this perspective.

    Glad you didn’t take a dip afterward. :-)
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  9. Chris Nitz November 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM #

    I like how this looks like water falling down some stairs. Very nice setup and execution man!
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  10. Jim Denham November 16, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

    It’s all about the shot and this one is pretty doge gone good – glad you made it out of there without going for a swim! Good stuff Curt!

  11. Ken Rowland November 16, 2012 at 7:29 AM #

    Nice image Curt. Well worth the effort to get it!
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