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In the Rapids



Climbed down the cliffs to get up close and personal with the rapids at The Great Falls National Park in VA. The falls and the river were churning at sunset. ...
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Climbed down the cliffs to get up close and personal with the rapids at The Great Falls National Park in VA. The falls and the river were churning at sunset.
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47 Comments | Report
Carli
 
Carli June 27, 2012
stunning capture :D
lisawiza
 
lisawiza July 03, 2012
your work is gorgeous! really enjoyed looking through your images!
gabajo
 
gabajo July 08, 2012
I'm In AWE! This is Amazingly Busy/Yet So Peaceful! BRAVO!
gabajo
 
gabajo July 08, 2012
Would you mind sharing what your settings were for this? Love It! Would like some help with flowing waters.
mariewheeler
 
mariewheeler November 26, 2012
how stunning
IsabellaD Premium
 
IsabellaD November 28, 2012
Great capture !
jleiweke
 
jleiweke June 02, 2013
Congrats!
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography June 02, 2013
Great shot
mloiz
 
mloiz June 02, 2013
Beautiful capture!! Well done!
raegi
 
raegi June 02, 2013
Congrats on feature. Wonderful image!
Farah
 
Farah June 02, 2013
beautiful!
Bridie
 
Bridie June 02, 2013
amazing!!!!!!!!
ybuhac
 
ybuhac June 02, 2013
Great image. Congrats on feature
luvmtnlife PRO+
 
luvmtnlife June 02, 2013
Stunning!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions June 02, 2013
congrats
Tkay
 
Tkay June 02, 2013
Beautiful! Congrats on the feature!
Douglas_Kelley PRO+
 
Douglas_Kelley June 02, 2013
very cool shot
bobbynall
 
bobbynall June 02, 2013
Awesome shot, nice work!!!!!
catini
 
catini June 02, 2013
Nice, congrats on your feature!
jrsosky
 
jrsosky June 02, 2013
Awesome capture!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta June 02, 2013
Superb capture & well worth climbing down the cliffs for. Congratulations on being featured.
KGSPhoto PRO+
 
KGSPhoto June 02, 2013
Thanks everyone! It's an honor to have one of my shots up on the front page!
Jewel
 
Jewel June 02, 2013
Awesome capture! Congratulations on your feature!
meshersmith
 
meshersmith June 02, 2013
Stunning shot, congrats. on your win!!
iceman2
 
iceman2 June 02, 2013
Excellent capture.Congrats!
AK_Swathi
 
AK_Swathi June 02, 2013
wonderful... :)
Chrissimpson01
 
Chrissimpson01 June 02, 2013
Wonderful capture
davidgerhartz PRO+
 
davidgerhartz June 02, 2013
Great capture.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 June 02, 2013
WOWZA....this is stunning!!
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tetvet June 02, 2013
congrats
markcoleman
 
markcoleman June 02, 2013
Love this shot!
rommelkarlodelacruz
 
rommelkarlodelacruz June 02, 2013
awesome!!
DanielCombsPhotography
 
DanielCombsPhotography June 02, 2013
Beautiful, congrats!
Jinjinphoto
 
Jinjinphoto June 03, 2013
love it
CG PRO+
 
CG June 03, 2013
Eyecatching dramatic Image
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 June 03, 2013
Awesome capture! Congrats!
Annielou PRO
 
Annielou June 03, 2013
Breath taking
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography June 03, 2013
amazing!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter June 03, 2013
Beautiful capture. Congrats. - Jake
danny_char_3722
 
danny_char_3722 June 04, 2013
Awesome! Like Gabajo commented I would also like to know your camera settings to learn from!!! Thanks and congratulations to your Featured win!
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KGSPhoto June 04, 2013
Thanks for looking. Here's the settings from this shot: iso 100, 1/3 sec., f/16. Shot on tripod, with a trigger release, and a ND filter. I only edit on Lightroom, other than that not much else. Hope it helps.
Redjule PRO+
 
Redjule June 05, 2013
Absolutely beautiful~
Carli
 
Carli June 06, 2013
congrats!! :D
ManCorMac
 
ManCorMac June 07, 2013
Nice shot. Congrats.
Jonocon
 
Jonocon July 21, 2013
Nice capture
ashagiharahap
 
ashagiharahap October 04, 2013
Excellent shot!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 January 20, 2016
Gorgeous!
gman176
 
gman176 September 12, 2019
Amazing image! Absolute masterpiece.

Behind The Lens

Location
I grabbed this shot at Great Falls Park in Virginia. It's located just 15 miles outside of Washington D.C.
Time
This was taken in the golden hour. Around 20 minutes or so before sunset.
Lighting
The lighting was soft as the evening set in, especially down in the rapids of the Potomac River.
Equipment
I shot this with my Nikon D7000 and a kit lens, 18mm-105mm f/3.5. A Manfrotto tripod and a remote shutter release.
Inspiration
Ever since I heard about and seen photos of Great Falls Park I wanted to travel there and explore and capture some shots for myself. There are several overlook areas located above the river and waterfalls, but I wanted to get down up close and personal with the power of the rapids. Luckily when I visited the river was running low so I was able to climb down a smoothed out cliff side to get down to the boulders on the side of gorge. Once down in it things were very loud and very amazing! I set up at the edge of the rocks just beyond the breaking waves and clicked away. I made sure to climb out before the sun set so I could see where I was going.
Editing
I used Lightroom for my post processing. Basically smoothed out lens distortion, brought down the highlights and punched up the shadows. Brought the clarity up at tad and that's about it. The hardest thing to deal with was shooting in the dark gorge with a bright sky over the top of the falls.
In my camera bag
Currently I normally have my Nikon D600 and my old D90 in my bag. Along with a Nikor 24mm-85mm f/3.5 and a Tokina 16mm-28mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. Tons of ND filters ranging from half stop to 6 stops, UV filters and my remote shutter release.
Feedback
Capturing waterfalls are pretty fun. If you want to get that silky water motion look make sure you use a tripod and a shutter release of some kind since you'll most likely be shooting with a long shutter to get the motion blur. Also see about using a polarizing filter to cut down on water reflection and/or neutral density filters to cut down the light coming into the camera if you are shooting in bright daylight. Once you find your location and have your gear together it's all about shooting away at your subject. Try different shutter speeds for varying amounts of motion blur. Try super low angles or look for something interesting to include in your foreground. It's all about enjoying yourself and having fun so shoot until you've covered all your bases. Be happy you're not working with expensive film!

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