Northfield, Ohio – Brandywine Falls (HDR)

From this past summer on my drive from Cleveland, OH to Pittsburgh, PA on the way you can stop by the little town of Northfield, Ohio and see this amazing waterfall called Brandywine Falls.  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 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

Clinton, NJ – Red Mill (HDR)

From the lovely little town of Clinton, NJ this shot is of the Red Mill.  A famous location to be photographed in New Jersey.  You can find this shot in many photos, painting, calendars…all over!  I grew up only 20 minutes from here and actually never visited until recently!  There is a cute little bridge that overlooks the mill and is great for setting up your shot.  Just over the bridge is a little shopping are with restaurants that overlook the river.   I was lucky to catch it in fall, but I would enjoy seeing this shot with some snowfall!  I bet it would be wonderful!   Its cold in Texas these days..hope its not too bad for you in your neck of the woods!  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

 

Austin, Texas – Zilker Botanical Gardens (HDR)

This waterfall is from the Zilker Botanical garden here in Austin, Texas.  This location has been the great for many photos and here is some info about Zilker:

Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 30 acres in Austin, Texas has often been called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates local dinosaur habitat. This garden is a unique collaboration between The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). The garden is free and open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro
  • Rochester, NY – High Falls (HDR)

    If you are every in upstate New York, Rochester is a nice little city.  I have quite a few customers here and have been traveling to Rochester for many years.  Rochester is known as the home of Eastman Kodak.  Many years ago Kodak’s business was booming and Rochester was enjoying the growth.   Now with Kodak shifting more business overseas, the Rochester location is basically a museum.  I wanted to take a few shots of the Eastman Kodak building, but it was being refurbished.  I’ll take some shots there one day soon.

    Just near Kodak you can find the High Falls Historic District.  This view is from a bridge overlooking High Falls.  Near here you can find shopping, restaurants, and the Red Wings baseball stadium is in walking distance.   Here is some info from the web:

    Once a booming mix of mills and factories, Rochester’s Brown’s RaceNeighborhood has gone through drastic changes in the last two decades. The city has invested millions in cleaning up the old brick buildings, attempting to  revitalize the area as an entertainment district. Bars and restaurants come and go, with few successfully maintaining a steady business. A massive parking structure was built, as well as a pedestrian bridge that not only allows people to traverse the Genesee Gorge, but also to observe the 96 foot High Falls and the massive Genesee Gorge walls, scarred with the constructions of industry past. Old mills that lined the gorge were refurbished into a Visitor Center, complete with a museum documenting the district’s past.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 35.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro
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    Lakeway, TX – Waterfall (HDR)

    From my hometown of Lakeway, TX…here is our local waterfalls!  I had no idea these were here until my wife took a trail walk with my daughter this past year and told me about them.  I took a lunch hour to check them out and photograph the lovely scenery.  The top section is a walking path over the river and the bottom is natural.   Gotta love Texas waterfalls!   We have many!  =)   Not sure what these are called…so I will call them Lakeway Falls.  It is finally getting cooler here…I plan on taking another ride up to Gorman Falls soon!  My fav waterfall in Texas!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 28.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Bend, Texas – Gorman Falls (HDR)

    One of my favorite shots from the lovely Gorman Falls in Bend, TX.  The rocks and moss form what looks like a old mans silhouette.  I didn’t not notice this until after I processed the photo.  As soon as it cools down here and fall arrives into Texas, I plan to head back up there.  It is a haul from Austin (3 hours)…but it is one amazing location!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 82.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod – Really Right Stuff Ball Head
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Estes Park, CO – Chasm Falls (HDR)

    …..continued from yesterdays post…  So after my stop I kept driving up the steep mountain.  It is a bit scary knowing you are on a dirt road climbing higher and higher with no guardrails.  Whew…I tried not to look left…but it was difficult…such a beautiful dangerous drive!   A few cars were ahead of me…so it was a nice 10-15 mph cruise.  the road wasn’t close to perfect…it had tire ruts all over…so a 4 wheeler would have been nice.  I had a rented Camry….great!   About another 2 miles ahead…I noticed a pull off with a few cars parked.  No sign, but I decided to park and check it out.  Another family was getting out of their car…I asked if this was Chasm Falls.  They had no idea.  I saw 2 dudes walking near the river…they told me that there was a waterfall about 5 minutes hike ahead.  But to be careful the hike is very rocky!  Nice!  Could this be it?

    I felt like Indiana Jones is search of the lost Arc! LOL   I threw my gear on my back and began the trek. The river was cascading all over and with every chance, I stopped and took a few shots. My second stop I could see a waterfall in the distance.  A couple snaps, then on my way!  I arrived and there ahead of me was Chasm Falls.  Lovely!  I really enjoy shooting waterfalls!   HDR + Flowing Water + Long exposure = Cool shot!   It doesn’t matter if you take a wide angle or close up…..its all good!  I’ll post another shot soon from here and give you details of this great location.  Also of my fun drive back to the hotel.   An amazing park 2 explore, but one describes it all word…Whoa!!   (Driving, views, Wildlife, etc…)  I have to go back one day with time on my hands!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro