The two-fer today is a little different than previous posts. It’s something to think about if you get bored with a frequently-shot subject (flowers, rainbows, etc.). In this case it’s waterfalls, which I shoot a lot of.
It takes a bit of effort to shoot a subject in a way that is authentically different than the usual way. For me at least it also takes a certain mood, sort of a rebel attitude. At Bennet Falls, a gorgeous cascade in the southern Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, I decided without thinking about it much to do just that.
We hiked the trail down to the falls. Since it was down, we arrived at the top before the bottom. Shooting in front of a waterfall, usually at or near the bottom, is where most of us shoot from.
Despite a disaster that happened last year, I really like photographing from the top of a falls. So I stopped and let the rest of our small little group proceed to the bottom. It would’ve been worrisome for them to see me leaning out over the top in order to get a straight-down point of view.
This gave me an abstract that, like any shot from a height looking down gives, very little sense of depth. Height is flattened when you do this.
Joining the group at bottom I started to go for standard shots of the beautifully tiered falls. But the mood for something different was already on me, so I got my nephew Michael and his wife Cassie to pose in front. It was her idea to kiss, and it was a good one!
The challenge was to get the kissing couple to remain as still so as not to be blurred during a long exposure. But I didn’t go too long, just a half-second. Why push my luck? It turned out very nicely and I decided to give it a sepia tone.
I hope you like them. Have a great week!