This past weekend I decided to head down to Cumberland Falls with my wife Cathy. Sometimes we take for granted the beauty we have surrounding us. Millions of individuals travel from all over the United States every year to get a glimpse of this beautiful waterfall. Since it was a Saturday evening I knew the falls would be somewhat crowded, but it really wasn't as bad partly due to not being in the middle of summer I suppose.
We arrived and immediately went to the first lookout point for me to view the surroundings. I was extremely pleased to find the water wasn't up and roaring. This was a prime opportunity for me to get that silky smooth effect of the waterfall. I shot a few from the first lookout and then we moved to the 2nd and 3rd lookout point. Even though I try to get photos that are different than the average shooter, there is only so much you can do sometimes. I would like to be able to get in a canoe or travel along the huge rocks on the left side of the falls to get that one incredible shot which nobody else has possibly! Here are some of the photographs taken during Saturday evening.
First lookout point at the falls. My new tripod came in handy taking these photographs. I finally decided to step up to a professional tripod last month. Here is the link to the tripod I purchased. I have nothing but positive things to say about this tripod.
Taking a shot with a 1-5 second shutter release you need a tripod and preferably a remote shutter release.
This is another point down past the falls which provides a nice background for many tourist to get their picture with. I wanted something different than the average falls and water in the foreground. I decided to place the stone railing in the foreground to give the photograph some depth. Even though these two photographs were not at sunset and only used to give me my shot locations, shutter speeds, etc... they turned out really nice.
The next photographs were taken during the week. I encountered 4 people down at the falls that night so I had free reign to do and go wherever I wanted to without breaking the rules :)
Overall I am really pleased with the images I captured this past week. I will be making another trip in late October or early November to capture the falls when the leaves change their beautiful colors. This is one luxury I have living so close to the falls as I can pretty much be there in 25 minutes.
My next stop is Dog Slaughter and Eagle Falls in early November!