After parking behind the house and walking about 200 yards the trail climbs a very short distance and then descends a set of stairs to the base of the falls. This is the first view of the falls taken next to the small pool below the 60-foot falls.
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Landscape photographers need to move around and "work the scene". Avoid the temptation to place your tripod in the first place you find. Move closer or farther back. Use your zoom lens, which can give a different view from moving closer. Get lower. If possible, get higher and shoot down. We didn't stay long enough because standing in water with thunder storms near by is not a good way to live long and prosper.
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I think the triangular shape of the bottom of the falls with the water flowing down the stair step to makes an interesting composition. I was able to include just enough of the water flowing in from the left and the greens in the upper right.
Tall waterfalls like this typically work best as vertical portrait orientation shots. However, the horizontal ledges in the falls made an interesting landscape orientation composition when I zoomed in closer.
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I zoomed in closer to emphasize the hard geometric lines and shapes of the rocks and the soft flowing water. I always like green plants or moss showing through behind a waterfall.
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Making Photos With Flowing WaterTo make photos with the soft flowing water you should start with a shutter speed of 1/2 second and vary it to get different effects. You might need to adjust your exposure compensation or use manual mode to not let the white water become over exposed in the long exposures. Of course, your camera must be steady through the long exposure so a tripod is pretty much essential to keep the rocks solid and sharp. If you place your tripod in a stream be aware that the water will introduce some movement and potentially blur your long exposure photos. I place my hand on the tripod and press down during the shot to control as much of the movement as possible.
The other thing I find to be essential for these shots is a polarizer filter. This will reduce the glare off the wet rocks and foliage. Be sure to turn the filter to adjust how much glare you want to remove.
Finally, if you have read this far you probably want to know where these falls are so you can visit them yourself. These are Eastatoe Falls near Roseman North Carolina.
Directions to Eastatoe Falls:
- From Rosman NC, drive south on U.S. 178 for approximately 3.4 miles to a private drive on the right.
- There is a sign for Mountain Meadow here, and the driveway leads back to a house, and what used to be a craftshop on the left.
- The home owners have made a small parking area behind the house labeled with "Park Here" signs. The trail leads across the lawn into the woods and to the falls.
Please be courteous and respectful when visiting these falls. There are many beautiful falls on private property, but very few of them are accessible to the public because the land owners do not allow access.