A few weeks ago my sister and I visited Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. I was excited to visit the falls as I had not seen them since I was about eight years of age. I had braced myself for disappointment assuming that the falls wouldn’t be quite as grand as I had remembered them to be. Wonderfully, I was wrong — they were indeed just as grand as I remembered. My sister and I stood near the top of the long boardwalk that leads down toward the base of the falls. I noticed the cool, beautiful water of Blackwater River twisting through the valley as it headed toward the large outcropping of black rocks where the water than takes a 57′ plunge over the falls and into the river below. We had arrived early in the morning and were the only two souls at the falls.
After walking to the lowest portion of the boardwalk, I shot a few more photographs and then we stood, silently staring at the beauty before us. There is something to be said about the powerful effect of negative ions on a person. The longer we stood there, the happier I became. Calm, peaceful. As the thunderous water fell over the falls and churned into the river below, a wonderful cool mist filled the area. The smell was wonderful and it felt magical on my face.
I shot both single exposure black and white photos of the falls as well as a few bracketed exposures for HDR photos.