A small waterfall near the Potomac River in late autumn.
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Stephen Girimont

Owner, The Intimate Landscape, Fine Art Prints

Scott’s Run Waterfall

"The sun was playing hide-and-seek all morning with the clouds and I had to wait a bit to get the light I was looking for."
A small waterfall near the Potomac River in late autumn.

One of the waterfalls in Northern Virginia is found where Scott’s Run, in Fairfax County, empties into the Potomac just outside the beltway around Washington, DC.

This autumn, Scott’s Run was running low enough that a sand bar (or, really, a gravel bar) was exposed in the middle of the run downstream from the fall, just before merging with the Potomac, and I used that as the platform on which to create the composition you see here.

The sun was playing hide-and-seek all morning with the clouds and I had to wait a bit to get the light I was looking for. This image was shot in the morning, and the light hitting the rocks to the right of the fall is reflecting up into the rocks on the left, and, of course, the sun is also lighting up the late-fall foliage quite nicely.

I also like the triangular shapes present in this image: from the bit of sky at the top of the image mirroring the shape formed by the tops of the rocks, to the triangle formed by the water at the bottom of the image, to the shape of the rock in the foreground.

Shot with a Nikon D800 and a Sigma 50mm ART lens, this is a collage of 7 vertical images, each exposed for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100. The aperture used was f/16 to carry focus from the rock in the foreground all the way through the trees in the background.

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