Determined to succeed, with a 25 pound back pack strapped to my back and my heavy tripod in its case slung around my neck, my feet took me to the steep incline where I was about to with abated breath, go down in order to get to a creek bed.
Climbing over the steel side rail, I carefully assessed whereupon to place my first step. Finding that place, I gauged how close I could get to the first tree to hang on to. Tree one, accomplished! A few more carefully placed steps, tree two! Almost to the bottom … a few more carefully placed steps, calves screaming, knees shaking, I arrived safe, triumphant, and looking ahead to my Treasure that awaited me.
Oh YES!!! Where I remembered the falls to be, they were exactly as I pictured them to be. Now all I had to do was to carefully walk across slippery wet shale in order to set up my tripod in the creek, as low as possible to the water.
Accomplishing all I set out to do, I ever so carefully took out my camera and attached it to my tripod. One false move and my camera would be in water! Oh yes, careful I was!!! And yes, my Heart was pounding as the sweat trickled down my face.
I began to photograph the falls. My Heart sank, though, thinking that the filtered sunlight that was streaming through the thick trees was too bright. I began to think to myself that I should have come instead towards twilight. Yet, I had not come all this way to quit. I had chosen the filter (ND8), I had chosen the lens (70-300mm), and I had chosen the spots. And I proceeded to continue with this shoot!
I captured magic, my friends. No tricks with this image. I promise. The settings are: ISO 100, f/45, shutter speed 25 seconds. No, I did not see with my naked eye what my camera captured. Astonished is underplaying what I felt when I first saw this image in my editor.
Please do enjoy!!! I still don’t know if I will be up to blogging, so if I don’t come to see you, understand that I have gone through months of pulling not one, but two cats from death’s door. I published this for YOUR enjoyment and for to have a jaw dropping moment. I guarantee you shall!!!
And oh! Yes, getting up that incline to get out of that gully, was a wee hairy. I had to walk bent forward going as quickly as I could, or else the weight of the back pack would have pulled me back and I would have fallen backwards. Good to know that once again that sheer determination got me to the top, in victory, a bit out of breath, and sweating, yet I made it!!! Thank goodness for those trees!!
One last note. If you hit the VISIT link in the reader, you will see this post right on Petals Unfolding, where I have selected the exact color scheme for your maximum viewing enjoyment. You won’t regret it. I promise!!! (smile)
Photography/ “No Tricks” 2015©AmyRose
[Creek at Chestnut Ridge Park, NY]