It was wishful thinking. Hike to the same location as yesterday but from a different approach, an approach that includes a small creek. I never did make it to the intended location. There were too many distractions along the way. The creek and its cascade of water being the first distraction. The second distraction being a grassy hillside underneath oak trees with an unobstructed view of the valley and clouds from the foothills where I was sitting all the way to the top of Mt. Diablo 70 miles away. Watching the light change as the sun dips in and out of the dark cloud cover for an hour is an enjoyable way to end the day.
Shooting Notes: Waterfalls and minatures ones like these are not the easiest to compose. Anyone can take a big waterfall and frame the action in the middle. It is tried and true… and generally boring because every other photographer and shutterbug has the same shot. As with landscape photography, the challenge is to have enough elements but not so much that the overall composition is cluttered. The one advantage of water features that move in different directions is that there is a chance to create a path for the eyes to follow. The path here is accentuated by the long exposure which highlights the white water. This path has a dual purpose of also tamping down the various elements that may otherwise distract (color on the rocks from leaves, dead yellow twigs, or the rock color itself). Now that I have spent some time with this photograph, I can already see some additional image possibilities. Perhaps zooming in to focus on the water detail in the center “v” to where it falls and breaks left and stopping before it breaks right. Or the details of where the water “folds” on itself before falling into the “v”. Another hike is in order!
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 55mm, f/8, 104 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Seasonal Creek, Cascade, Moss on Rocks. February 26, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.