Sunday, July 29, 2012

Falls at Elkhorn Creek

Given the milder temperature today, I opted to make a trip to Frankfort this afternoon to photograph the Falls at Elkhorn Creek. Elkhorn isn't your typical waterfall, as it is quite wide traversing Elkhorn Creek, making it a tad difficult to achieve the perfect composition. Couple that with having only one vantage point to photograph it from, least you find yourself trespassing on private property. In addition, there were two large debris piles on top of the falls leaving a less than perfect composition.

I chose to include the rocks and trees and as much width of the falls in the frame as possible and forego worrying about the debris. No question, it's the waterfall itself that commands your attention. I admit that I did not get the usual feel of the water that I typically like and am accustomed to photographing. Shooting in full sun with such a large body of water and the width of the falls made the light across the frame a tough challenge. It's nice to find yourself being pushed to the limit. Every time I shoot with my new Nikon I learn something new. It's vastly different from shooting water with my Pentax. ENJOY!


  1. Wow, Carol, I love the feel of this image and the perfection of the water texture. Did you use any kind of filter to slow the shutter? I just bought a couple of new ND filters to experiment with daylight slow shutters, so that idea is fresh on my mind. Just lovely. Glad I found your blog.

    1. Thanks Ingrid for your lovely comments. While I still wasn't quite as happy with the water texture I decided it was worth a post. Sometimes we are our own worst critics. I didn't use a filter as I try to make the capture as natural as possible. I'm so glad you found my blog. Carol

  2. AnonymousJuly 31, 2012

    I like the fact that you left in the rocks. The texture adds to the photograph. This looks good to me, but I don't have a lot of experience photographing water.

  3. I like the rocks and the debris and when I looking at this image I can almost hearing the sound of the falls. Makes me want to wiggle my toes in the water.

  4. Looks great. Is this the dam by the distillery?