Quick Shot: Blackwater Falls

Waterfalls have always been a favorite subject of mine, but there are only so many different falls within a reasonable drive of Washington, DC, which means I tend to revisit the same falls throughout the year and try to catch them in a new season or setting.

A few weeks ago, the colors of fall were very vibrant in DC, so I grabbed the camera and headed to a favorite spot in West Virginia - Blackwater Falls State Park. As chronicled in my previous blog, my arrival in West Virginia was greeted with snow.... all the fall leaves had given way to an early winter storm. 

I grabbed the camera and went out to Blackwater Falls, the main attraction for the park, which was very colorful due to a recent storm and late afternoon sun poking through the dark storm clouds. Thankfully a few pine trees added some extra color and masked the fact that all the leaves had already fallen! 

I've photographed this waterfall in many seasons and with many techniques (including infrared) but I think this is one of my favorite photos of the falls to date.... and it didn't even go as originally planned! Shot with the Nikon D800 & Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.