I’m not even sure if you can classify this as a waterfall. It stood barely two feet high but caught my attention when my Dad and I were exploring Fall Run Park back in February. The wide angle view certainly exaggerated the size of the “waterfall” a bit. Due to the low depth of the water, I was able to get down at a very low angle to get head on with the water. This ended up being my favorite from the day and it isn’t even the main waterfall.
Often times, when I go out and take photos, I come home with only one, maybe two usable images. Other times, like at the West End Overlook back in February, I come home with plenty of usable, portfolio worthy images. It all depends on my creativity that day and of course, the conditions in which I am photographing. There isn’t much to say regarding this photo other than it’s a tight shot (a style I am working on becoming better at), and it was taken before the sun rose up over the horizon; therefore, the city was behind the shadows of the buildings. Do yourself a favor and click on the image to zoom in and see all of the detail!
Fall Run Park is a really great hiking location just minutes outside of Pittsburgh. As I said in a previous post, I’ve lived no more than 20 minutes from it and have never been to it. My dad and I adventured there back in February when the weather was really warm after a snowfall. We arrived just as the snow was melting, so the water flow was pretty decent.
There are many smaller waterfalls throughout the park but this is the largest at 30 feet or so. I stuck my tripod in the shallow pond and shot a few exposures level with the waterfall with and without a neutral density filter. I then pointed my camera up towards the top of the falls and did the same thing. This is the result of a two-tiled vertorama, or vertical panorama to capture the scale of the falls.
I have been wanting to capture this viewpoint for a long time now. Part of the reason I have never attempted this before is simply because I am not fond of traveling up to the West End Overlook. In relation to everything else in the city, it is such a pain to get up there. Secondly, this view wasn’t available up until last fall when the city finally trimmed back the overgrown trees blocking the view of the city. I took this on the morning I met up with a few other Pittsburgh photographers a few weeks back. Since there were about 15 others on the overlook, we kindly asked a few people to move out of view in order to capture this framed shot. I was able to photograph a few “bucket list” shots that morning, including this one.
Here is another photo during sunrise two weeks ago from the West End Overlook. I had the chance to meet up with a few other Pittsburgh Photographers who I’ve interacted with on Instagram or Facebook. It was great to finally meet/catch up with them during a great sunrise. This was the last photo that I took of the morning just before the sun rose above the buildings. I was excited to finally have an image with sun rays like this in my portfolio. I’ve seen it done before, but always wanted one of my own.
I had the opportunity on Saturday to meet up with a group of great local photographers whom I’ve come to know personally and/or through Instagram. About 10 of us lined up along the West End Overlook for an early morning sunrise. In total, I believe there were about 15 photographers throughout the morning. I had a great time meeting new people, talking about gear, photography, and past adventures; not to mention, we had an excellent sunrise. It was funny watching this barge move slowly up the Ohio River. When one of us mentioned it was coming, everyone was frantically switching lenses and preparing to capture the barge as it made its way east. I came home with a plethora of great images that I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to check back!