View 364: Return to Fillmore Glen

Almost two years to the day, I visited Fillmore Glen State Park again over the weekend. I wanted to revisit Upper Pinnacle Falls and photographic it differently. The first challenge to my goal was the Gorge Trail which, is the most direct route, was closed about half way to them. Taking the Northern Rim Trail gives one a good workout as the climb is up the gorge using steep switchbacks. The climb back down into the gorge was slippery and treacherous from the rain the previous night.

It was worth the effort. With the water flow much less than the last time, I was able to climb down on to a shelf rock next to the falls and set up my tripod. Moving the tripod around I found I liked a certain composition.

This time I brought along the B+W 77mm 3.0 ND 110 Filter to lengthen the shutter speed from fifteen seconds to over four minutes. This filter cuts down the incoming light by 10 stops. Here is the result.

Upper Pinnacle Falls at Fillmore Glen State Park near Moravia, New York.

Upper Pinnacle Falls at Fillmore Glen State Park near Moravia, New York.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 256s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod, 10-stop ND filter.

I got the effect I was looking for. What do you think?

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6 Responses to View 364: Return to Fillmore Glen

  1. Carsten says:

    I like it very much Scott! Although the image is small.
    And I’d like if we had similar waterfalls here. In fact we don’t have much rocks in Denmark. The island Bornholm in the BalticSee has rocks and small waterfalls, but it is perhaps too much of a journey.
    Several minutes exposure time – what about the movement of the leaves?

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  2. adwheeler says:

    You should mention too that weather and light play huge factors. Waterfalls are best shot after a decent rain (be careful near rising waters) and in overcast situations. This will give the surrounding rocks a wet darker coloring and the greens and colors of plant life will be much more vivid. Good stuff! The B+W is a staple in my bag as well as the Lee Big Stopper.

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