Sunday, October 25, 2015

Walter's Falls

I stopped by Walter's Falls on the way back from Owen Sound one day recently, in late afternoon of a day with sunny skies and rolling clouds.  I was determined to climb down below the falls and get a picture.

The one remaining building of the old mill, and the mill dam above the falls make a great picture themselves at this time of year, one of my favourite scenes around here.

And this is the usual view of the falls that visitors can get, taken from the terrace outside the hotel.  It's facing north, and out of the way for a good view from the top.

I had been down the trail below once before, so I knew where to go.  Apart from being rather steep and slick with mud at this time of year, it's not a difficult trail to get down to the stream below the falls.  But the last time we tried, the falls was flowing with so much water we couldn't get a picture for the spray!

This time, I got my picture!  The sun was down below the top of the cliff, though it was still sunny above, and it was dark enough in the ravine that I could use a slow exposure, about 1/6 of a second.  I was pleased that it turned out so well even though it was just hand-held.

I like playing around with these 'slow' pictures of waterfalls, and partial waterfalls.  Now that I've figured this out, I must take my tripod and visit all the local waterfalls when the lighting is right!  The trick is being there when both the water flow over the falls and the lighting are right for your picture!

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Not enjoying life much at the moment, with this cold, but I'm determined to get out and mulch some leaves.  Tomorrow looks like the day to do it.  I do that not so much to get them off the grass as to use them for mulch on the garden beds.  We lay it on thickly now, and it will stay there all next summer.

14 comments:

  1. I've been thinking of leaves today too and will attack them before the big rain we are supposed to get on Wednesday! I love your waterfall pics.

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  2. Great shots. You worked hard to get this.

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  3. Amazing shots of the water. Wow!

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  4. What an awesome place, reminds me of our McLarens Falls :-)

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  5. Fabulous photos! Both the water and the autumn colours are beautiful.

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  6. Wonderful work here FG. Quite impressive for hand held exposures at slower shutter speeds. A tripod is really a necessity for this type of work (usually). I particularly like the second last image, a closeup at the bottom of the plunge with the large rock. Nicely done ... hope you shake the cold.

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  7. Hello, beautiful images of the waterfalls and the mill. The Autumn colors are lovely. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  8. I simply gazed at that first picture with awe. It's wonderful, and all the waterfalls are simply beautiful. What a perfect time of year for these shots! :-)

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  9. You got some really beautiful photos of this falls. It's very pretty there!

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  10. Stunning photos! AND hand-held. I think I am not still enough these days without a tri-pod and too old to try to manage such on muddy or rocky ground!

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  11. I love waterfalls too. I especially like your second to last image.. it looks so dreamy. And your first image is such a classic autumn scene. Beautiful. I hope you're feeling better before too long.

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