Rocky Gorge Waterfall

Not a big waterfall, but since becoming acquainted with Toby Gant’s photography which features amazing shots of waterfalls in the mid-Atlantic and Southern parts of the US, I’ve wanted to try using a polarizing filter and tripod to slow the shutter speed a bit. Those of you unfamiliar with Toby’s work can find it here:


6 thoughts on “Rocky Gorge Waterfall

  1. vera ersilia

    In my personal opinion seeing waterfalls that look like whipped cream is not natural. I hope you will still take some shots where the water looks like as turbulent as water really is !!! (I do know Toby’s work.)

  2. milfordstreet Post author

    Thank you for your comment. It is interesting. There were seven of us on this “shoot”. A couple of us got out our tripods to try to create this effect, while others used super-fast shutter speeds to try for dramatic effects, and still others used a moderate “what you see is what you get” approach. Some of us tried more than one approach, but none thought to try all three. It speaks to the diversity and creativity in people that so many different ways can be tried on a single aspect of making a photo (shutter speed). Cheers

  3. tobygant

    Wonderful capture, Christopher. I think you really captured the essence of the scene. Personally I love the long shutter speed. I understand there are different schools of thought on moving water. Personally I feel the fast shutter speed lends to a “frozen” effect. Which is not what I experience when I shoot moving water. Dragging the shutter shows the movement in the water making the scene seem more like it was when I experienced it. But hey to each their own.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you Toby. I really enjoy playing with dragging the shutter speed in a variety of settings. It started with and has been mostly night shots and showing movement with vehicles and light trails. I’ve played a bit with ocean shots as well. I’m glad that I found your site and really enjoy the photgraphs you make at waterfalls in your area. It makes me want to find more of those here in New England.


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