Crash And Flow

Last weekend was my third or fourth photo expedition to Fall Creek Gorge Nature Preserve near Attica. This is known locally as “The Potholes” due to the deep holes formed from the rushing water in the sandstone along the creek bed. Each time I visit, conditions vary slightly- seasons change, water is high or low, and of course the vegetation changes here with the seasons as well. I will very likely make a trip back here in the fall as that is the only season I have yet to photograph here.


For now, enjoy a wonderfully wet summer photo. Compared to last year with a drought, this year everywhere I go, everything seems to be nice and green and vibrantly alive!


Water flows through the crevasses in Fall Creek Gorge Nature Preserve


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 6 bracketed shots @ f/16 at 16mm Focal Length, ISO 100

Though, I took 6 brackets for this image and combined them in Photomatix, the result is mostly a blend of the middle three exposures in Photoshop. It is always a challenge with moving water. I attached a circular polarizer to the front of my lens to reduce the reflections on the water and wet surfaces. I almost always have to deal with a color cast in the water. I like the flowing part to be nice and white. As well, there is always a decision as to how much motion blur you want to portray from the waterfalls. The longer of the exposures worked nicely with this one. NIK Color EFX Pro gets a thumbs up from me for helping me bring out the colors and contrast in the image.