Boulder, Co – Boulder Falls (HDR)

Boulder Falls
If you get a chance to visit one of the most beautiful states in the US…Colorado…one wonderful place 2 explore is Boulder. I love this little college town. University of Co, the Flatirons, etc.. Just outside of town you can find the Boulder falls. Park along the road and in a 4 minute hike you find these lovely falls. Enjoy the view!

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Castile, NY – Letchworth Falls (Infrared)


Oen of the most beautiful waterfalls in New York is Letchworth Falls. Some info from the web…Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres, containing spectacular vistas, more than 30 waterfalls, a major dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums and plenty of things to do. Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park offer visitors a new experience every time they visit.

Bisected by the Genesee River, the park offers both something for the leisurely visitor and the adventurous. The river gorge cuts through the valley yielding three major waterfalls within and multiple cascades emptying into the ravine as well as plenty of scenic magnificence and white-water thrills. Not only does the park offer excellent access to the major falls of the Genesee, with sheer cliffs up to 550 feet high and a watershed miles across; there are plenty of opportunities to find a spectacular ribbon falls, such as Inspiration Falls, the highest in the state.

Castile, NY – Letchworth Falls (Infrared)


From upstate New York here is a infrared photo of the famous Letchworth Falls. A wonderful waterfall that you must see if you live in the northeast! Some info from the web: Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres, containing spectacular vistas, more than 30 waterfalls, a major dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums and plenty of things to do. Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park offer visitors a new experience every time they visit.

Trumansburg, NY – Taughannock Falls (HDR)


Deep into upstate New York you can find the small town of Trumansburg. Nestled in the countryside is Taughannock State Park.

Some info from the web: Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail–hiking, cross-country skiing–winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The park also offers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.

Bend, Texas – Gorman Falls (HDR)

From the lower section of these stunning falls…here is an HDR that somehow doesn’t look like it belongs in Texas!  I have only been here once as it is quite a drive from Austin…about 2+ hours.  Then when you arrive…a 1.2 mile hike is ahead of you!  Whew!  But all worth it.  Maybe I will get back there this summer!

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

San Francisco, CA – Golden Pate Park

If you live in or a traveling to San Francisco in the summer and you want to take some lovely portraits…visit Stow Lake.  Here you can find a breathtaking Roman Bridge and  cool waterfall.  Both within a few minutes walk of each other.  The waterfall is actually in this picture…you can see part of it on the right.    When I was there this day…I saw a Bride getting her pictures taken.  If I had a flash…even this beautiful stairway would be a great spot!   Have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 1/13 second
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6