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.