Great Falls in the Late Evening

Any time that Annette and I leave the house together, we a liable to change our minds at least a dozen times.

Back in May 2014, Annette and I set off for Great Falls and the C&O Canal on the Potamac River.  I think we left the house around noon, but we saw so many “shiny things” that drew our attention, that we didn’t get to Great Falls until nearly 7:00 p.m.!

But that’s OK.  With the gathering gloom, I mean low light, I was able to use longer shutter speeds and smooth out the water.

I just love the light in this first image.  The light on the path.  The light at the end of the arch of trees.  The shadows.

This light seems to give the image a painterly feeling.  It draws me in.  I think it would be wonderful to stroll along the water with your loved one.  (I had Annette with me!)

A Painterly Walk by the C&O Canal

A Painterly Walk by the C&O Canal

In this next image, the water crashes and tumbles down through this gorge in the rocks.  I used a 30 second exposure to convert all of that crashing and tumbling in to a white, fluffy mass.  It almost look like snow!

From the coloring of the image you may surmise that the light was fading fast.  It was, but that is when the extra long shutter speeds can be used without having to resort to neutral density filters.

Rushing Waters at Great Falls

Rushing Waters at Great Falls

In this next image, the water is flowing from the bottom of the frame to the top of the frame.  The water at the bottom of the frame is dark colored because there was not a lot of splashing occurring there.  Just a little as the water swirled around the protruding rocks.

Watery Swirl at Great Falls

Watery Swirl at Great Falls

This next image was my last image of the evening.  The light was fading fast.  In fact, the camera did not have enough light to focus for this shot.  I had to manually focus the camera.  The truth of the matter is that I had to guess at the focus of the camera, because I couldn’t see much through the viewfinder. (So much for finding a view!)

I really like the power of the water as it pours over the edge of rocks.

In this image there was not much of color, so a switch to black and white seemed in order.  I think it works.  How about you?


I hope you enjoyed the images and, as always, I would love to know what you think of the images.