Northfield, Ohio – Brandywine Falls (HDR)

A wonderful spot for a picnic and an HDR…Brandywine Falls!  A cool little spot I found on my drive from Cleveland to Pittsburgh.  Located in Northfield, OH.  Here they have some steps to guide you down to the falls for great views!  Some info from the web:  Carved by Brandywine Creek, the 60-foot falls demonstrates classic geological features of waterfalls. A layer of hard rock caps the waterfall, protecting softer layers of rock below. In this case, the top layer is Berea Sandstone. The softer layers include Bedford and Cleveland shales, soft rocks formed from mud found on the sea floor that covered this area 350-400 million years ago. Shale is thinly chunked, giving water a bridal veil appearance as it cascades down the falls.

A combination of boardwalk and steps brings you into the waterfall’s gorge and lets you view the waterfall head-on (a boardwalk option without stairs is also available). The boardwalk also provides a close look at Berea Sandstone. Careful inspection will reveal the individual grains of sand that accumulated in a sea 320 million years ago. Berea Sandstone is high quality sandstone found commonly throughout this area, both in nature and as a construction material used in buildings and canal locks.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

9 comments on “Northfield, Ohio – Brandywine Falls (HDR)

  1. hdrexposed says:

    Whoa, this looks great Pete! Looks like you are standing in the falls!

  2. Kurt Miller says:

    That makes 2 great things when going from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. 1.) You get photo opportunities. 2.) You’re leaving Cleveland!

  3. Jason Hines says:

    Beautiful capture. I think the Brandywine was the name of a river in Lord of the Rings too.

  4. Nice one Pete, you won’t believe this but a guy tried to walk across the top of the falls today, he lost, people are crazy. There must have been a dozen cameras on the guy at the time. Kinda sad, nice pic regardless.

  5. Yep, took the fall, tried to walk across the top of the falls, dumb, like 30 years old

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