One the third day of our Poconos Trip we were greeted with more rain. I decided on going to George W. Childs Recreation Site. This location is a former Pennsylvania state park and then was taken over by the National Park Service (NPS). The trails are well maintained and the entire area looked like it was really well kept. There are numerous cascading waterfalls throughout the park along the Dingmans Creek, however the main three falls are: Factor Falls, Fulmer Falls, and Deer Leep Falls. Factory Falls is first and is a total of three separate levels. There are plenty of different areas to photograph this area from, but I felt a higher vantage point helped emphasize it’s magnitude. Here is my take on it:
After following the trail to the Fulmer Falls. There is a nice overlooking area at the top of the falls. I preferred this location over those that showed the entire falls. I like how the two streams of water look against the mossy rocks and the moss covered tree stump is just a little extra treat. Here you go:
While making my way toward Deer Leap Falls I came across a small cascade in which a tree had fallen. The tree looked as if it recently reached it’s demise because of how fresh the inside of the log looked at the bottom portion of the image. I originally processed a HDR image and then masked in the water from that onto a separate single exposure of the rest of the scene. I presented this image at my local photography group and people liked the wide angle used because it gave a vertigo feeling as if you are almost within the water. This may be my favorite shot I took away from this trip. See below:
Finally, the last stop along the trail is Deer Leap Falls. It is quite a distance from the water’s edge to the falls so I tried to find a nice foreground element to ground the image. I found a S curved log floating in the water and splahed water on the top portion of it to make it look better. The log was slightly moving in the moving water so it was difficult to use a longer shutter speed which is optimal when photographing moving elements such as water. I had to use some rocks underneath the log so it would minimize how much the log moved. I’m very happy with how the image turned out. Enjoy:
That is all for now, but stay tuned because I still have three more posts coming in the near future featuring other waterfalls from the Poconos. Thanks for stopping by!