Tannery Falls. July 10, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Tannery Falls, tilt-shift photography
I got up to Tannery Falls in Savoy this weekend, hoping to find running water and verdancy in the fading light of evening. There was nothing much happening in the sky, and I figured a deep-woods outing was my best bet for some interesting photos.
I was right, sort-of. I was late enough so that the low light was an issue, and I lost a lot of detail. Still, it gave me a chance to push my camera’s abilities, and I played with some absurdly high ISO settings. The results were mixed; there are limits, after all. 😉
Anyway, here’s a smaller falls passed on the walk in; it’s an Easterly branch of flow which joins Tannery Brook just below the main falls:
The streamside stump first caught my attention there, and I wanted to get a close-up of it with the falls behind in focus as well, so I tilted the bejabbers out of Elliot, with satisfactory results. Actually, sideways “tilt” is more properly referred to as “swing,” so let’s call it that.
This shot was the more traditional vertical tilt, giving much more depth of field than I would have otherwise gotten in such low light:
That was taken from about a foot off the water’s surface, allowing me to lay the plane of focus down on the low snags and still get the falls viewably sharp.
Farther down the trail I descended a long flight of stone stairs and turned a corner to see the main Tannery Falls:
It was bigger than I had remembered it to be – perhaps ninety feet or so – and looked surreal in the dimming light. I half expected to see a band of Hobbits descending the wooded path on the opposite bank. 😉
I’m loving this steamy summer weather, while dreaming of how this place will look in its Autumn finery.
That’s all for tonight.