I absolutely love a good waterfall! The beauty and power of all that water is mesmerizing.
My first trip to Rock Island was surprisingly just a week before this trip. We had experienced several days of hard rain which flooded the banks and made it difficult to find the compositions I was looking for. In my haste to head out the door that morning I'd left my rain coat at home, and it began to rain hard after hiking down to the falls last weekend. This cut my excursion short, though I was able to capture a few frames. This first trip had me wanting to return in more favorable conditions to get what I had come for.
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Such is the way of landscape photography. Sometimes you just have to scout locations and come back when the conditions are just right. We had less rain during the past week, so it was time to head back out to see if the waters had subsided enough to allow me to work more freely. There was no shortage of water, but as luck would have it, conditions improved!
I was finally able to climb down the rocks to a more suitable location. The other thing I had realized was that I should have brought the super telephoto lens. The falls are so massive that they offer tons of little interesting details.
I will definitely be back soon! One of the best things about waterfalls or any other landscape/nature photography is that things are always changing. The seasons and weather always add something different to the scene. Waterfalls change dramatically with more or less water flowing through them. Unique patterns form in the water and areas can open up that weren't there before.
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