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Duggar's Falls



Duggar's Falls at Linville Gorge along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.

Duggar's Falls at Linville Gorge along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.
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LonnieWatkins
 
LonnieWatkins May 24, 2019
Dang. Looks like something out of the Old Forest from the Tolkein novels.
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ronsantini April 24, 2020
Thank you!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO July 12, 2019
so nice nature photo
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ronsantini April 24, 2020
Thank you!
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ronsantini Jun 17
Thanks!
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DAsEye Sep 19
A beautiful shot
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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Linville Gorge area.
Time
This photo was taken around mid-day. Fortunately, Duggars Falls is not greatly impacted by a bright sunny sky most of the day. The natural light during the summer months is filtered through the forest canopy and reduces the possibility of harsh reflections on the water.
Lighting
The photo was captured from the bring crossing the creek, so maintaining a vibration-free tripod setup was difficult because of the large amount of foot traffic from other folks wanting to observe the waterfall.
Equipment
Canon EOS 5D MIII with a 24-105mm lens mounted on an Induro carbon fiber tripod. Shutter release was set to a 2 second timer to reduce shutter vibration. ISO of 100, f/11.0 and a shutter speed of about 1 second was used to capture this image.
Inspiration
To me, the waterfall has a mystic presence to it. It wanted to capture it with a silky smooth waterfall because I thought it would enhance the mystical properties of the scene. The silky water adds the mystical touch and makes the scene look more enchanting.
Editing
Really, this photograph had minimal post-processing I wanted to capture the scene as I saw it in-camera, Standard post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom
In my camera bag
When shooting landscapes I normally have a Canon R5 camera body with an array of lens from a 100-400mm zoom lens to a 12mm wide angle lens. I also carry spare batteries, extra memory cards, and intervelometer/cable release, flash unit, towels, rain cover and a gray card.
Feedback
My advice for capturing a similar image would be to first research the area you want to photograph. If you can, arrange the photo shoot on a cloudy day as this will give you the best light. Clouds act like a huge softbox giving you the best light for long exposures. Take time to walk around the site before actually taking out your camera. This will allow you to focus on different compositions without the distraction of having a camera. Once you have selected one or more locations, it is now time to setup your camera, select the lens and determine the correct camera settings. When ready shoot away. Try different aperatures and iso settings to see how that impacts the shot you are looking for. Once satisfied with the final shot, move on to another composition and repeat the process. And most importantly.....have fun!!!

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