Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Assignments: October 2013
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Location: Mooney Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Equipment: Canon EOS-1DS Mark III, Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L USM, tripod
Nestled 3,000 feet deep into Havasu Canyon lies the land of the Havasupai tribe. The area is known around the world for its blue waters and spectacular waterfalls. Fall is my favorite time to visit this area. The cottonwoods that line the creek have all turned to gold, and early-morning wading in the water is a pleasure. My favorite area is the part of the canyon below Mooney Falls. This image was taken just below Mooney Falls in an area called Ash Springs Canyon in November 2011. There, delicate waterfalls cascade down travertine curtains from the bench above, showering gently across the overhang of moss-covered caves and terraces, finally joining the turquoise waters of the Havasu. I meandered down the creek, wading thigh deep into warm waters. I set up my tripod mid-stream in a spot where the water was still. I set up my shot so I could get as much in my frame as possible—the swirling leaves in the eddy in the foreground, the travertine pour-offs with lush ferns. I had to keep adjusting my composition and my focal length until I could get the cottonwoods above the falls. The light wasn't going to cooperate for long, but luckily, I was able to create the image that I envisioned.
Location: Snyder-Middleswarth State Park, Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Equipment: Pentax K20D, SLIK tripod
This region of Pennsylvania is blessed with forests carpeting the mountains and streams flowing down the mountain slopes. I stumbled upon this stream while searching for small scenes to photograph near my home. I've photographed this stream in different seasons over recent years. When I took this image in October 2010, the trees had started to shed their brightly colored leaves. I waited until late afternoon, when the stream was shaded by a nearby ridge, so that the colors of the leaves wouldn't be washed out by direct sunlight. The indirect light also helped bring out the rich greens of the abundant moss on this section of the stream. I used a long shutter speed to accentuate the flowing lines of the water tumbling past the rocks. I tried to capture the essence of the season, the fallen leaves, with the fluid lines of the falling stream.
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