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Rainbow Falls & Triple Cascade



The famous Rainbow Falls Bridge overlooking Rainbow Falls and the Triple Cascade, Watkins Glen State Park, NY.

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The famous Rainbow Falls Bridge overlooking Rainbow Falls and the Triple Cascade, Watkins Glen State Park, NY.

Won "Photo of the Day" at EarthShots.org for Oct. 25, 2015.
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47 Comments | Report
dgberry PRO+
 
dgberry April 19, 2014
Incredible picture. The only thing that could have made it better would have been for me to be there taking it.
DonTX
 
DonTX April 23, 2014
Incredible long exposure image. Love how the water is like silk.
martinbrand
 
martinbrand May 06, 2014
Absolutely stunning
robhansen
 
robhansen May 06, 2014
Awesome exposure!!
TammyN
 
TammyN May 06, 2014
Wow!!! That is beautiful!
toddcollier Platinum
 
toddcollier June 09, 2014
incredible!!
patrick9x9
 
patrick9x9 June 26, 2014
This is just gorgeous, congrats
TrevJel
 
TrevJel June 26, 2014
Beautiful shot, well done.
Notko
 
Notko June 28, 2014
I just like it.
Hanuman
 
Hanuman June 29, 2014
Nice
edstilwell Platinum
 
edstilwell June 30, 2014
Stunning image!!
davehutchins
 
davehutchins July 05, 2014
One of the best photographs i have ever seen
best regards
dave
Vince542
 
Vince542 July 17, 2014
Absolutely stunning!!!
carlosramos
 
carlosramos July 31, 2014
Fantastic work here, I was there last year, amazing place to be !
carlosramos
 
carlosramos July 31, 2014
Voted !
islandbug
 
islandbug September 07, 2014
Just gorgeous!
ntgreen
 
ntgreen December 11, 2014
Stunning! What else can you say ... just, stunning!!!
Anth
 
Anth March 17, 2015
Wow
reneezernitsky
 
reneezernitsky March 18, 2015
very nicely done - great light - excellent exposure
2ride4vr
 
2ride4vr May 05, 2015
I KNEW I recognized it! What a beautiful pic of it
ppuru
 
ppuru June 16, 2015
Ooooh Watkins Glen Rainbow falls...
Misue
 
Misue June 23, 2015
Watkins Glen is one of my favorite places to go. Great shot!!
Punkypal Premium
 
Punkypal June 23, 2015
Great capture.
ritafayeadams
 
ritafayeadams July 02, 2015
Absolute stunning!
cindycarrcrocker
 
cindycarrcrocker July 04, 2015
Awesome phototure thanks for sharing
ShaunAllawayPhotography
 
ShaunAllawayPhotography July 05, 2015
Astonishing
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 06, 2015
Awesome capture! Congrats.
mattkay
 
mattkay July 06, 2015
Great use of shutter speed.
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography July 11, 2015
Spectacular and on my bucket list for this fall, probably not as much water, and congratulations on being a finalist in Covers Vol 12
VHiggins
 
VHiggins August 13, 2015
beautiful! congratulations!
RDVPhotography
 
RDVPhotography August 14, 2015
Nice! A double finalist in Covers Contests, 12 & 22. Now you know why this is a go to place for me this fall. Just got home from Cruise to Hell :(
nBazmi
 
nBazmi August 20, 2015
Excellent exposure .. beautiful place
daveh2810 PRO+
 
daveh2810 September 28, 2015
Absolutely stunning!!!!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 October 13, 2015
What an absolutely stunning spot and what a great capture of it. It looks so out of this world and exotic--and turns out to be in a state park in NY! Congratulations on all your finalist wins!
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb October 14, 2015
Congratulations on all your wins!
sachinus2010 PRO
 
sachinus2010 October 19, 2015
Wow .. Amazing ! Superb capture !!! Deserves the recognition !! Congrats !!
Hidb1
 
Hidb1 March 08, 2016
Write a comment Mesmerising excellent beautiful
ruthyates
 
ruthyates April 21, 2016
I cannot believe that this is just in a state park in NY, absolutely amazing, I just want to go for a swim in it. Amazing great capture.
_Ok_
 
_Ok_ April 21, 2016
Amazing place!
marystilwell
 
marystilwell June 01, 2016
Amazing!!!
nornots Platinum
 
nornots June 10, 2016
Awesome shot.
photosbyliesa Platinum
 
photosbyliesa June 17, 2016
This is absolutely stunning! I live in the NW where we have a lot of waterfalls. I didn't know NY had any this pretty. Great shot! :)
Snaphappy4u
 
Snaphappy4u June 23, 2016
I remember this beautiful area as a child. Well done!!
davidgerhartz PRO+
 
davidgerhartz October 28, 2016
Have been there a few times
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 02, 2018
Awesome capture. / Voted
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY Platinum
 
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY August 19, 2019
Beautifully composed. 8/19
vickibrennemanbeen
 
vickibrennemanbeen August 19, 2019
Gorgeous!
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Behind The Lens

Location
Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York.
Time
It was mid-day.
Lighting
It was a slightly overcast day. The sun would peak through every once in a while enough to cast a few shadows but since it was late spring, the light had a decided light green cast as it filtered through the spring trees overhead. By the time we finished the hike, it was raining so the light did not last long.
Equipment
I used a Canon Rebel XSi with a Sigma 18-200mm lens set at about 30mm, f22 at 200iso. It was set on a sturdy tripod (I have a couple and don't recall which one it was).
Inspiration
I love waterfalls and this is one of the most iconic and beautiful ones in this area. It is an almost two mile hike from top to bottom of the Gorge Trail with a decent of 400 feet and over 800 stone steps. There are 19 waterfalls and 200' cliffs. This particular shot is the classic shot. Because it is such a visited park, there were a lot of people even though it was before the start of summer vacation and threatening rain to boot! I stood for almost 20 minutes waiting for there to be no people on the bridge or on the walk leading up to it.
Editing
I used both Lightroom and Photoshop PS2. I did a little color correction in Lightroom as the new spring trees cast a decided greenish-yellow light to everything. It still has that spring look, but not so overpowering. I brought up the shadows a bit and brought out the detail in the light veil-like falls on the left.
In my camera bag
I usually carry two camera bodies, both Canon Rebels (I have arthritis in my hands and need a lightweight camera), my Sigma 18-200mm, a Sigma 10-20mm, a Tamron 90mm macro, two off camera flashes, one each pop-up defuser and reflector, a table-top tripod, small scissors and knee pads (I do a lot of Macro), and a good lens cleaning kit. My bag is half camera bag and half backpack so I also usually have a bottle of water, insect repellant, sunblock, pen and notebook, power bars, first aid kit, maps, field guides, etc. with me. My full size tripod straps to the outside.
Feedback
Patience, patience, patience! When you are in a highly visited area and want to get shots without people or crowds, you need to plan ahead. Find out the times of low volume of visitors and plan accordingly. Don't let the threat of bad weather keep you away. This is when you get the least crowded times at iconic locations, so take advantage of it. Luck favors the prepared!

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