Early Morning At Bond Falls

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Shutter: 1/2 sec
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F/11

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We had scouted this area out the day before and the image you see before you was the one idea that kept sanding out in my mind.

From the bridge, I knew if I could talk myself into wading out into the chilly river I’d likely have a really sweet view of the falls with flowers on each side and the little connector stream in the middle.

I almost shot it the first evening we scouted, but tried another spot instead. Kind of glad I waited, because the next morning was cold enough for a little “steam” to float off the water and give the dreamy effect you see in the photo.

The tricky part was wading out into the river with expensive camera gear over my shoulder, constantly reminding me not to slip! In fact, I almost didn’t even try it, since some of the other areas were REALLY slick. However, little by little, step by step, I waded out till I was mid-thigh deep and situated behind a large boulder that was sticking a few inches out of the water.

Soon, the cold water and slippery rocks were forgotten and I was shooting like crazy. I captured several different compositions and took a LOT of each. Why? The rising steam and blowing flowers. I had to wait between gusts of wind (generated by the falls) so the flowers would be acceptably sharp, and I ALSO wanted to make sure I got just the right amount of mist. Of the 100+ shots that morning, this was the one in the sweet spot.

Scary part? It was one of my last shots!

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12 Responses to Early Morning At Bond Falls

  1. Beverly Fields says:

    I think this photograph is exceptionally beautiful and so well captured. All of the hard work required to get this shot was well worth it and it’s one of the pretties photos I’ve seen in a long time.

  2. Jenny Brenner says:

    I’m sure patience was just what was needed for this beautiful scene.

  3. Catherine M. Burkard says:

    This picture is beautiful. I hope you add this the Wallpaper that we can download.

    It is great to be able to see these sites, especially when I can’t travel anymore to see them for myself. Thank you for doing this.

  4. Joyce says:

    Awesome photo of Bond Falls.

  5. Reb says:

    Three Great Shots Steve


  6. Paulst says:

    You never mentioned skeeters or black flies! I have photos of Bond Falls, but never from the river. That’s a great pic!

  7. Patricia says:

    Amazing and beautiful, Steve. you are giving so many people so much pleasure! Patricia from Oz

  8. Barb says:

    Oh golly, what a beautiful pic, Thanks for sharing and the story adds more. i get to travel with you, being I cant go myself.

  9. Jenny says:

    Steve I love pictures with structuren They are wunderfull

  10. Jidge says:

    Usually photos “front and center” leave something to be desired, but this one is a great example where “usually” doesn’t count. This is a beauty. The look of approaching the falls, with the water, rocks and flora in front, is magnificent. This is one job very well done. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. Elizabeth Powell says:

    I travel and get to experience so much from your pictures. Being bedbound and disabled, the joy I receive is inmesurable. than you Steve for giving ifting my life nwith something to look forward too.

  12. Sam Britton says:

    Just discovered your site, Steve. Unbelievable images. Visiting Hocking Hills in October, so “thank you” for the ideas you shared on locations, etc. I shot Bond Falls last Spring and couldn’t even get to the bridge because of, at least, 3 feet of snow and ice still on the steps. I did get some neat shots on the way back up the parking area. Love your work. It’s an inspiration. Thank you. SB

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