This image is all about controlling your shutter speed and using tour tripod height to control your composition. I was able to hit the shutter speed sweet spot of 1/4″ using a Circular Polarizer and having indirect light in the scene. I
I’ve been lucky my travels have allowed me to visit the Mount Shasta Wilderness region of California quite regularly the last few years as I’ve been able to explore the less visited this dynamic and geologically diverse location. It’s a rarely shot hidden gem; a desert landscape to the north with epic mountain views and great for astrophotography and nightscapes. Then to the south there’s lush forest and some extremely photogenic waterfalls like this guy, Middle McCloud Falls.
I got to this water falls around 8:30 after shooting sunrise at Lake Siskiyou, with the sun still low in the sky and a mist mist in the the air for an August Morning. Great conditions for shooting water falls! After a nice hike down from the lot, I chose to scout this location before heading straight for the bottom of the falls. Between the foliage and the leading lines of the rocks, I was super jazzed, took a couple quick ones and made note to come back.
The bottom of the falls were quite nice with emerald green and aqua tones in the water, but no real composition that held up to this one. I’m a sucker for a snaking line that draws you through the entire image, what can I say? I did catch a few other great images from here that I’ll process someday.
Not long after getting shooting, the sun began to burn off the sky as it rose, so I made my way back to this original scene and only had time for a handful of shots.