This area of western North Carolina is simply gorgeous, and a big part of the beauty lies in all the moving water here. There are literally hundreds of waterfalls in the area, many of which are within an easy mile’s walk from a trailhead. So I’ve spent these last few days hiking and photographing, seeking out some of the more spectacular examples for my camera.
Which brings me to the subject of this post: waterfalls are damned hard to photograph! Not the obvious shot: water over rocks, slow shutter speed, a bit of processing bump to the saturation. This becomes boring very quickly. But like all things we attempt to shoot, how do you make your own unique photographs of these beautiful things?
For me, the answer, as always, lies in slowing down. Way, way down, and trying to see. Isn’t this the hardest part, always? It’s no different with my subject this week. I must really look, watch, and look some more, before I start to see things my way. Then the photographs start to come.
I think this generalizationapplies to a lot of the photography we all attempt. Without vision, no truly great images emerge. And vision always starts not with the camera, but in your mind’s eye. Nurture that vision and great photography will begin to happen.
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