Photo of the Day - 7/29/2014

July 29, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today we finally make it back upstream to Minnehaha Falls.  I'm sure everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.

There's a strange problem you will run into trying to shoot the falls, namely familiarity.  There are not all that many places from which you can shoot them.  There are paths around the basin.  There's a bridge and, for want of a better word, patio area close to the base.  One side has an overlook.  That's really it.  And, because of this, lots of the images you see and take at the falls will be similar to others that you've seen and taken there.  Finding something unique is really hard.

This image, however, is one of the rarer sort.  It was taken on one of the staircases on the way down to the bridge/patio area.  I normally wouldn't dare try to take this because of the amount of foot traffic you get on these staircases.  Last Saturday, though, we met up fairly early in the morning.  Almost no one else was around, so I could stop and play.

There are a couple of things I really like about this.  First, you can see the falls clearly, as well as some of the basin.  Second, the falls are nicely encircled by all sorts of foliage, providing a subtle focusing point.  The fact that some is near and others far also lends a bit of depth to the image.  Third, no people are visible.  This is a small thing, but I like to imagine places like this as they were before it became a park.  I'd like it more if I could have found a way to cover up the bridge across the top of the falls, but nothing presented itself.

And so there you have the end of the journey (since I haven't managed to find a shot from the top that I like).  I hope I didn't bore you too much ;)

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