Shenandoah

foto © Donovan Klotzbeacher

This is Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  Seeing it requires a downhill hike from the trailhead adjacent to the roadway.  Dawn and I decided we’d better start doing workouts on the treadmill after we found this hike a little more challenging that we cared to admit!

The Skyline Drive provides many wayside overlooks.  The entire area is especially colorful and photogenic in the fall.  In this shot, the vibrant colors are not especially evident, but notice the brittle brown leaves resting on the foreground rock.

The slow shutter speed of the view camera lens gives a feathery appearance to the water — which, in this case, I appreciate in the final print.  This effect can be over done, and the conscientious photographer may wish to have several exposures to choose from.

Kodak Ektachrome 4×5″
In my humble opinion, traditional Kodak and Fuji transparency films are still quite capable of exceeding most digital cameras in terms of capturing detail, saturated color, and a smooth gradation of highlight and shadow detail.  If you click on the photo above, you will be taken to a larger version of this picture.  Notice the incredible detail — in spite of the fact that this image file upload is only a fraction of the size of the original scan!

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One Response to Shenandoah

  1. Jean D. says:

    Beautiful. I remember going in search of waterfalls in upper NY. Can be quite a trek to find one you can get close to.

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