Slick Rock Falls - two perspectives

Slick Rock Falls 1
Slick Rock Falls, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

The Appalachians have countless streams, creeks, and waterfalls. Combining the colors of fall with the play of water was one of my photographic goals during our vacation. Not all experiments turned out satisfactory but they were part of the process getting used to the new Nikon D300s and trying to understand light and its impact much better.

Both images of Slick Rock Falls in the Pisgah National Forest were made just minutes from each other but from different angles. First I climbed over the rocks in order to shoot the falls in the shade. Slick Rock Falls was more like a mist but the three seconds exposure made the water visible where it hits the rocks. I like this effect very much. The colorful leaves play their role on the dark wet stones.

Slick Rock Falls 2
Slick Rock Falls, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

The second image was made from the opposite side and deals with a back-light situation. I tried different exposure times. One tenth of a second gave me the desired effect with the sun rays caught in the mist of the waterfalls and illuminating the leaves on the ground.

I have to admit, both images are not perfectly sharp. Its hard to judge on the small pictures here in the blog but my original files tell the truth. Some vibration on tripod or camera must have had an impact. I guess I have to work on this…