At 94 feet, Ganoga is the tallest waterfall in Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania. It is an impressive series of stair steps and small plateaus that gives the falls their shape. But despite its stature among the waterfalls along Ganoga Glen, it is one that I have found difficult to photograph.
Moving water – waterfalls, rivers, streams and surf – often presents unique challenges to the landscape photographer. The most common way to capture images of moving water is to use a slower shutter speed. But how slow should the shutter speed be? The answer largely depends on the effect you are looking for in the final image.
Hi everyone. 2014 has been a wonderful and exciting year of reflection and retooling. I spent a great deal of time this year creating a new website environment to showcase my images. The new changes give me better control of the design and presentation of my galleries and it allowed me to fully incorporate my blog into the site architecture. This simple change gives my subscribers complete access to my best work and stories all in one central location. I have also worked with Singh-Ray Filters this year to test a 105mm Variable ND Filter that will hopefully find its way into production soon. Additionally I will be working on new Portfolio piece for the fine folks at MOAB Paper. Their continued and generous support allows me the opportunity to print my work on some of the finest paper in the industry.
My time in the field was spent in a variety of diverse locations ranging from the strange stone formations of White Pockets in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, to the Narrows of Zion National Park, Utah, the beautiful mountains and Fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, and the wonderful waterfalls of Pennsylvania. This Best of 2014, Part 1, showcases some of my favorite color images from this year. I have selected My Top 15 images of 2014 that I think best reflect my journeys from this past year. I will follow up in a few days with my Best of 2014, Part 2 Post that will feature some of my favorite Black and White images from this year.
For 2015 I will be adding the options to purchase fine art prints of my work and continue to develop new images and content for the blog. New trips this year will include the North Carolina Mountains this spring, and travel to the Columbia River Gorge and Oregon Coast next Fall. I will also be writing some guest blog posts for my good friends at Mountains to Sea Workshops. If you are looking for a great workshop and learning experience I encourage you to give them a call. I hope you will all continue to check back here or visit me on my Facebook Site. Thank you to everyone who has visited for your continued support of my work.
A few weeks ago I made a quick trip up to Rickett's Glen State Park to spend some time photographing the waterfalls and new spring growth. There are 21 named waterfalls that descend along two branches of Kitchen Creek. A trail system parallels the two creeks and gives you access to all of the waterfalls. The highest waterfall in the park is Ganoga which tops out at 94 feet . Delaware Falls, at 37 feet is one of the smaller waterfalls and is the middle of a sequence of three waterfalls that drop over 80 feet. This image illustrates the beautiful compression and geometry of the rocks that are the hallmark of the Kitchen Creek drainage.
Image Data: Nikon D800e, Nikkor 14-24mm, f2.8 at 14mm. Image exposed at ISO 50 at f11 for 4 seconds. To reduce specular highlights I used a Fotodiox Slimline CPL specifically created for the Nikon 14-24.