The Forest for the Trees

The Forest for the Trees

By |2014-11-17T19:17:48+00:00Nov 17th, 2014|

It’s easy to get lost in the grandeur of a gigantic waterfall, especially one as ornate as Big Spring Creek Falls is. From top to bottom, there are three gorgeous, cascading tiers of water creating all sorts of dizzying patterns. From the base, you can capture the waterfall in its entirety, which is quite beautiful. However, as is the case with most waterfalls, the real personality and charm is found in its details. It’s why I’ve started almost exclusively using telephoto zoom lenses during my waterfall shoots. I’m training my eye to look for the smaller building blocks that make up the character of each waterfall and even though I may return to the same waterfall many times, I invariably find something that I missed before.

I took this photo with my Sony a7R  and Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 super telephoto lens. I had a 3-stop ND filter by Formatt-Hitech, which allowed me to drag the shutter despite it being sunny and bright. I probably wouldn’t have been able to get this particular photo if it wasn’t for the crazy long legs of my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. Those sticks have saved my bacon many times. Finally, I stylized the photo using a custom built preset in Lightroom.


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  2. Paulie Grugan November 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply


  3. Mark Gvazdinskas November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Can’t say enough good things about the vintage tone. Such a rad shot

  4. Robert Lussier November 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Agree with Mark Gvazdinskas.

  5. Priscilla King November 18, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I want to Tsu this too.

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