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Rainbow Falls in Autumn



Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen State Park, NY
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Contest Finalist in Beautiful Waterfalls Photo Contest
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Laurie_Madsen
 
Laurie_Madsen February 04, 2015
Gorgeous!
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terryc February 04, 2015
It's a beautiful park! Thanks!
Peter-Kuwert
 
Peter-Kuwert February 08, 2015
Perfectly Captured
JeffreyA
 
JeffreyA February 09, 2015
Beautiful shot
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terryc February 10, 2015
Thanks Peter and Jeffrey!
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gondmagdi February 10, 2015
amazing shot !
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terryc February 10, 2015
Thanks, magdi!
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pdlstudios April 13, 2015
Great Shot!
Peter-Kuwert
 
Peter-Kuwert April 13, 2015
Stunning Shot
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi April 13, 2015
Awesome comp it's on my bucket list
kathykuhn100 PRO
 
kathykuhn100 April 13, 2015
Congratulations on your win, Terry -- so beautiful!
terryc PRO+
 
terryc April 25, 2015
Thank you all!
dareco PRO+
 
dareco May 06, 2015
voted
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terryc May 12, 2015
Thanks!
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davepope May 12, 2015
I have seen this scene hundreds of times but YOU captured it beautifully. I wish more local photographers would learn from you. Great job!
dKi_Photography PRO
 
dKi_Photography May 13, 2015
Congrats Terry
DonTX
 
DonTX May 15, 2015
Wow!! What an incredible image. Congratulations!
ClaudiaKuhn PRO+
 
ClaudiaKuhn May 15, 2015
Congrats Terry! Love Watkins Glen!
kellycoventry
 
kellycoventry May 17, 2015
Fantastic photo! The colours are so beautiful! Congratulations on your win!
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terryc May 17, 2015
Thanks so much, everyone!
birder2
 
birder2 May 19, 2015
It is nice to see great natural composition captured, since I can't get there to see it in person. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.
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terryc August 02, 2015
Thanks so much, Ferd!
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sharlenescarboroughdodds August 07, 2015
Wow Factor Plus Love everything about this photo
kathykuhn100 PRO
 
kathykuhn100 August 11, 2015
Congratulations of your beautiful finalist, Terry!
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford August 11, 2015
Congrats on this gorgeous finalist Terry!
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography August 14, 2015
Fantastic image Terry and congratulations on finalist position in Majestic Shots of Cliffs. Headed here this fall and wondering what the date was of this shot. Very nice
Frederico_Verreet
 
Frederico_Verreet February 14, 2016
Fantastic shot. Light, composition very well balanced.
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka April 03, 2016
Well executed HDR composition. Voted.
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terryc September 15, 2016
Thanks, Ruwan!!
mihrt
 
mihrt September 12, 2016
I loved Watkins Glen. It was so magical for me. This POV is superb. Lovely detail and also choice of exposure re the Falls!!! It would be lovely to visit here when the fall leaves are putting on such a show as in this shot.
mihrt
 
mihrt September 12, 2016
Congrats also on all your Awards for this well deserved shot. Thanks also for your expert advice re shooting at Watkins Glen. I wondered how it would be there - the day I was there - so many people. Patience is a virtue in this case!
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terryc September 15, 2016
Thanks, Gail!!
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terryc September 15, 2016
Thank you all!!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka March 04, 2017
Voted. A winner.
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terryc March 15, 2017
Thank you, Ruwan!
Aeri
 
Aeri June 29, 2017
Beautiful shot with great composition
kellyannelucymoran
 
kellyannelucymoran October 26, 2017
I was just there, love that place! It was hard to get that shot without ppl! Great photo!
felicebellini PRO
 
felicebellini November 05, 2019
wonderful

Behind The Lens

Location
This image of Rainbow Falls was taken in Watkins Glen State Park, NY.
Time
The image was taken around 1:00PM which is generally not the best time to shoot scenery but it was a cloudy day.
Lighting
The centerpiece of the 1000-acre park is a 400-foot-deep (120 m) narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. I believe the best time to shoot the gorge is on a day with no bright sun. That way it will be easier to slow down your shutter speed to create the milky look of the falling water of the many falls and cascades.
Equipment
I use a Canon 5D MkIII and for this shot a Canon EF24-05 mmL lens. I did use a tripod and a remote shutter release. F20, ISO100. Almost a half minute exposure.
Inspiration
Anyone visiting Watkins Glen State Park can't help but to be inspired by the unbelievable beauty of the park. There are 19 waterfalls and over 800 steps to climb from one end of the gorge trail to the other.
Editing
This is an HDR image of 3 combined files. I used Photomatix to combine the files and then used Photoshop PSCS6 to touch it up. Plug-ins I love are Nik Color Efex Pro and Neat Image along with Picto Color iCorrect Edit Lab.
In my camera bag
Besides my Canon 5D MarkIII SLR camera, my lenses include the Canon EF17-40mmL, Canon EF24-105mmL, Canon EF100mmMacroL, Canon EF15mm Fisheye, Sigma 150-500mm, and the Tamron28-300mm. I carry a remote shutter release, extra batteries and an extra CF card. Also a Manfrotto tripod and Manfrotto Pistol Grip head.
Feedback
I think that the best time to visit would be on a cloudy day or when the sun isn't shining into the deep gorge, earlier in the day or later as well. Be sure to use a tripod if you want to create the soft milky look to the water where you will have to slow down your shutter speed. My exposure was very long for this shot. I used an ND (neutral density) filter and a remote shutter release as well. It is difficult to get a shot without people on the bridge or climbing the stone steps, you just have to time it right or else clone them out.

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