El Dorado Hills (CA), Dam Remnants, Water, Long Exposure

ISO100, 28mm, f/5.6, 73 sec
Sweetwater Creek, El Dorado County, CA

If there is a photograph you want to take, take it.  There is no sense in leaving it for later.  (The caveat being unless you are in an extreme time crunch to get to another shot.)  The goal was to see if there were any good shots of the Old Salmon Falls Bridge along the South Fork of the American River.

Back in early January, the water was low enough that I could walk on the river rocks to the middle of the river and the bridge was completely exposure.  Now that the nearby Folsom Lake’s level has risen 40′, this location further upstream has the water level elevated 6′, but is now only 3-4′ from the underside of the bridge, which is normally partially submerged or underwater.

Anyhow, Sweetwater Creek empties into the South Fork and during the gold rush of the 1850’s, a few small dams were erected to control and redirect water for mining activities.  Over time, the small town of Salmon Falls boomed and busted, and the dams were somewhat dismantled.   The remains of one dam is seen here flowing over the lip and between a cut in the rocks.

The B+W ND-110 (10-stop) filter was used to decrease the shutter speed to 73 seconds, producing this silky water effect.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 28mm, f/5.6, 73 sec

El Dorado Hills (CA), Dam Remnants, Water, Long Exposure. Sweetwater Creek, El Dorado County, CA. March 28, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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