Larry Treadwell  

Lower Cascade by Larry Treadwell

January 2022 - Lower Cascade

January 2022 - Larry Treadwell


About the Image(s)

Lower Cascade Hanging Rocks SP

Nikon D850, 24-70mm lens, ISO 100, F18, 1 second, with polarizer mounted on a Platypod

This was taken at Hanging Rocks State Park in North Carolina on Christmas Eve. The park is a 3 hour drive from my son’s house so I could get to the park and back in a single day. The park has 4 waterfalls, well three, the fourth is pathetic. I chose this day because rain was predicted and I would have overcast skies and thus no direct light on the falls. Since I wanted to photograph all four with the overcast skies the time of day that I arrived at each falls would make little difference. Due to the time of year there was not a great deal of water on the falls, something I prefer because it allows some of the rock to show through the falling water. I took several shots to see which shutter speed would provide the look I wanted. The 1 second looked best. One of the compositional features I worked to include was the rock reflections in the water on the left. I felt that the rocks when coupled with the refection provided a nice visual balance to the water fall and its reflection. I also really liked the textures and rocks in the foreground water as to me they added greater interest than just having still water. To get the look of being in the scene I used my new Platypod instead of my tripod. The Platypod allows me to position the camera right at water level. This camera support is quite versatile and will even support my camera with a 600mm lens attached which is really handy when shooting shore birds. I provided a cell phone image showing the Platypod set up. The Platypod comes with either rubber feet or spikes for use on different types of ground and can be attached to a tree (post) or even a railing. You have to supply the ball head. If you want more information you may want look it up online. I leveled the scene using the water on the left. Where the falls hits the splash pool is closer to the camera position and thus appears to be lower. I also took this image with the camera in a vertical position. That image is posted in Group 67.

10 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
The low camera position makes this shot. The polarizer makes it possible to see the bottom rocks which make the image more interesting. May be a vignette would give more emphasis on the waterfall and the reflection.   Posted: 01/09/2022 15:28:11
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Thanks. I had not thought about the vignette
  Posted: 01/11/2022 13:13:55

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
I think you described what your intention was, what works and what makes this shot excellent, so I have little to add. For me, I would like to see a little more breathing room at the top of the falls and maybe crop up some from the bottom to take the water line closer to the thirds line.   Posted: 01/10/2022 18:53:03
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell

Thanks Michael. I struggled regarding the top of the falls. the sky was quite plain and grey and the top if the falls almost touch the sky from lower position at the splash pool. I really didn't want that blown out dull sky. Maybe in the summer when there are leaves on the trees they might block the sky. This falls is in such a hole. I'm open to suggestions about what to do in this situation. Any help will be appreciated.   Posted: 01/11/2022 13:18:21
Michael Jack   Michael Jack
The only thing I can think of immediately is to do some cloning if possible to block out part of the sky. Now that I look at the image again, another suggestion is to use the radial tool to bring out more detail in the area behind and next to the falls. The goal would be to more strongly draw the eye there.   Posted: 01/11/2022 13:27:50

Richard White   Richard White
Interest new piece of equipment. I believe not having the sky makes a better photo. Larry, your photo is really, really good. I like the way you cropped the photo and the low position takes the viewers eyes straight to the falls. Then the cliffs really added to the picture. Only thing I might suggest is bringing out the detail of side so the rocks next to the left of the falls.   Posted: 01/12/2022 16:25:03
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Thanks Richard

I tried to open those dark area a bit yuet not make them too bright since the rock was dark. I'll have another go at it.

Thanks.   Posted: 01/14/2022 16:41:39

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
It's always a pleasure to look at your images, Larry. I love the how the water reflects the falls. I like Arne's suggestion of a vignette. It's just a nit, but the rocks at the top of the falls are a little too bright for my eye.   Posted: 01/12/2022 23:31:21

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Thanks Bill. I bring them down bit, I wondered about that area.   Posted: 01/14/2022 16:42:47

Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
I know you intend to keep more surroundings, but for me, if the lens can be pushed a little forward, the grand feeling of the waterfall can be strengthed.   Posted: 01/17/2022 02:30:51


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