I Dream of Waterfalls

Sometimes the best images are hidden in the shadow of a larger and more impressive subject. This is often the case with large waterfalls. Waterfalls by themselves are wonderful fun to capture but don’t take long to shoot. You may have traveled a long way to shoot a particular waterfall so you shouldn’t just leave, explore the surrounding area! There are often many small cascades downstream that are just as impressive in their own right. These small cascades can create some beautifully intimate photographs. The close quarters between the cascades and the rocks around them can be used to build compositions that simply are not possible when shooting a large waterfall from a distance.

This image was taken during my day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway with Jerry Denham and Tim Owens. We had finished shooting the larger waterfalls at Skinny Dip Falls and immediately made our way downstream to explore. The river below Skinny Dip Falls is covered with cascades from less than a foot to 3 feet high. We spent much more time exploring in this area than shooting the main falls.

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. Edith Levy December 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM #

    Wow just stunning Curt. I lvoe the softness and the glow in this image.

  2. Jimi Jones December 19, 2012 at 7:12 AM #

    Excellent waterfall shot, among the many you have produced, Curt. Cool vignette application, focuses the eye on the water splash nicely.

    Nicely done, man.
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  3. Rick Louie December 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM #

    The image looks much better blown up full size. I really like the dreamy glow vignette you put around the outside of the image.
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  4. Rich McPeek December 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

    Beautiful shot Curt! Love this!
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  5. Chris Frailey December 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM #

    Gorgeous shot Curt.
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  6. Len Saltiel December 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM #

    Great exposure and advice to explore the surrounding areas, Curt.
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  7. Chris Nitz December 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

    Wow, this is impressive. The softness around the edges really adds to that dreamy feel. Nice work.
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  8. Jim Denham December 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM #

    LOVE the splash of foreground leaves and rock! Wonderful image Curt!

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