Little Stoney Creek Falls

Have you ever had a subject or location that you’ve tried to shoot but never got quite what you wanted? Well this spot has been my white whale for the better part of the last year. I’ve made the 90 minute drive to Stoney Creek at least five times in the last six months trying to get a shot of these falls that I liked. Either the wind was roaring, the water flow was too weak or it started to rain…it was always something. Saturday I found out from fellow local photographer Gina Minton Kearns that the road to the falls was once again open so I made the decision to try again Sunday morning. Conditions were near perfect and I tried to make the best of the opportunity. I spent nearly 30 minutes shooting as many compositions as I could before the sun began to peak over the mountainside and light the top of the falls.

Once the window had closed on this spot I moved on to the two other large falls along the river but those are for another day!

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

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Topaz Adjust 5

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  1. Steven Perlmutter May 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM #

    Fantastic capture Curt, with beautiful light and great motion in the water. It was definitely worth all of the effort.
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  2. Jimi Jones May 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM #

    That’s an awesome waterfall, Curt. Love how smooth the water looks and the composition is outstanding.
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  3. Dave DiCello May 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM #

    Well I would say that you nailed this one Cut! Amazing scene, I love the hint of light at the top of bridge. Incredible exposure too man
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  4. Adam Allegro May 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM #

    Curt, You NAILED it! This shot rocks. Well done. All the persistence paid off :)
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  5. Chris Maskell April 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM #

    Great shot Curt, beautiful tones and movement
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  6. Mark Summerfield April 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM #

    Nice composition, Curt! You really did this one justice. I like the way you have framed the actual falls with the two trees and the footbridge in the background. There is also a wonderful sense of movement int he water as it flows though the pond and out of view.
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  7. Anne McKinnell April 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM #

    Beautiful shot Curt! I’m not sure if this is the same Stoney Creek I visited a couple of years ago in California somewhere around King’s Canyon or Sequoia?
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  8. Adam Olsona April 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    Amazing shot Curt. I love the slight sense of motion in the pond below. Well done!
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  9. Marc Collins April 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM #

    Love the way the water is spilling out. Great job with this Curt.
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  10. Mark Neal April 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

    Really like your left, foreground elements, Curt. Very nice image!
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  11. Eden April 30, 2012 at 7:37 AM #

    Nice comp, Curt!
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  12. Len Saltiel April 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM #

    Well they say patience is a virtue Curt and this shot proves it. Great light, composition and silky water.
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  13. Rich McPeek April 30, 2012 at 6:05 AM #

    Beautiful shot Curt! Love this!
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