By Tom Mckelvey

Kaaterskill Falls 2

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
State/Province/Region
NY
Country
US
Nearest Area
Catskill Mountains
Town
Palenville
Description

1/3rd sec. @ f11, ISO 100, 26mm. Located in the eastern Catskill Mountains, Kaaterskill Falls totals 260' for the two drops. Shot on an overcast day in October of 2012. I prefer overcast days for waterfalls, the reduced contrast from a more diffuse light source allows for a more even exposure that retains some detail in the shadows while reducing the risk of overexposing the white water of the falls. The lower light levels of overcast days also enables you to set a shutter speed that is long enough to show the motion of the water without the need to employ the use of a neutral density filter or the need to stop the lens down so far that you start to have issues with diffraction, which will negatively affect image quality. I used a circular polarizer to reduce glare from the water and wet rocks while also adding more saturation to the surrounding foliage. I wanted a shot from the center of the creek that would include some moving water in the bottom of the frame. It was tricky, at best, getting out on the slippery rocks with all of my gear to get the tripod set in a steady position. There were other photographers and sightseers there who were probably just waiting to capture the money shot of me falling in. It could have made a great you tube video if I had fallen, sorry to disappoint.

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30/09/2013

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