Another North Carolina Waterfall

When I started researching waterfalls I wanted to stop at on my trek across North Carolina, I knew this one was a must see after viewing a few images of it.

The one was a little tougher to track down though.  It seems several people have several different names for it.  I saw it listed as Cathedral Falls, I saw it listed as Shoal Creek Falls and I saw it listed as Bird Rock Falls.  Tracking it down was a little harder since it had several names.  Also, it was not visible from the road and it was on private property.  The property owner allows visitors to enjoy the waterfall as long as the park along the roadway and not on their property.

I basically found the GPS coordinates online for its location.  Once I got there, I parked the car, got out, walked a little, got back in the car, drive a little, made a lot of u turns, spotted the red building, parked along the road and followed the "private property enter at own risk" signs until I saw the falls.

ISO 50, 15mm, F/22 @ 1 second

I shot this with my Sony A7R II, Metabones Adapter and Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  I had all of this mounted atop the Sirui W-2204 tripod.  

This waterfall was a little tough to shoot, simply because if you wanted to include the entire red cabin, you had to include the sky, too.  Although the sky was a no nothing overcast sky, which was great for shooting the waterfall, it's not so great when it's part of the image.  I attempted to overcome that by using On1's new suite 10 to help process the image.  I was able to boost the colors of everything else and add a vignette to try and draw you away from the sky.  

I, myself, am not a fan of the included sky, but I am big enough fan of everything else that I can learn to live with it.

Dry Falls

All last week I was traveling for business.  I had the opportunity to drive through North Carolina.  I took this chance to stop at a few waterfalls along my route that I had researched and decided would be worth my while.

The first falls I stopped at was Dry Falls.  It's so named because you can walk behind the waterfall without getting wet.  This is a very popular waterfall located just north of Highlands, NC,it's inside the Nantahala National Forest and is about a 65 foot fall.

It's very popular because it can be seen from the road and there is virtually no hike to get to it.  From the parking lot you can view the falls from an overlook, or, if you choose to go behind the falls, there is a staircase leading down to a path that takes you behind the falls.  That is also one of the reasons I choose this fall to visit.  I had very little time to spare on my trip, so I needed to choose falls that had little to no hike involved.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/22 @ 0.8 seconds

If you look closely at the image, you can see the walkway that goes behind and around the falls. It was a chilly, fall day when I was there, so the crowds were at a minimum.

I made this image using my Sony A7R II, La-EA3 Lens Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.  I also used a circular polarizer and, of course, my Sirui W-2204 tripod.   

Infrared Mountain Scene...from somewhere in the Tetons.

On this trip to the Tetons, I took a lot more gear than I've taken in the past.  One of those pieces of gear was my Canon 40D that was converted to infrared by Lifepixel

On our first day in Grand Teton National Park, we were pretty much just scouting and venturing around when we came across this scene.  I'm not sure we even knew where we were, but we did pass a sign that said something about Bridger-Teton National Forest...so I'm sure that's where we were...I'm sure of it.

This was a beautiful scene, and we knew it once we first came upon it.  There was a stream, great trees decorated with fall color, mountains, cows....how could it not be great?  Well, I wanted to capture it in a different way than I normally would, so I put my Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens on that converted Canon 40D and fired off a few frames.  Since I was hand holding, and depth of field wan't an issue since everything was so far away, I went with an aperture setting of F/8.  I also bumped the ISO a tad to 400.  This gave me a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second.  Since it was shot at 60mm, and that lens was equipped with Tamron's VC Technology, I had no doubts I could hand hold and get a nice crisp image. 

There is a little bit of extra post processing that goes into getting these infrared RAW files to turn out looking like infrared shots, but I do believe the extra effort is worth it.

I really like how this image turned out, and I'm glad I shot it because I may not be able to find my way back to it! ;)