Well, it's wintertime and I have to admit that it is not the ideal time to go out and try to capture some images. For many photographers trying to get motivated to go out and capture a nice image can be difficult when the temperature drops like a rock as it did in North Carolina for the past week. Night time temps dropped down in the single digits. Not a great time to go out and capture a wintertime image. However, there can be opportunities to shot some wintertime images, like frozen waterfalls.
In North Carolina, we are lucky to have some nice waterfalls and since the temperatures have dropped throughout the region all the waterfalls were frozen. I know because I have seen several great photos of some of the most popular waterfalls in the area taken by photographers that took the time to brave the cold and go out and get the shots. Of course, that got me motivated to go out and get my own image of a frozen waterfall. I decided to go to the Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina to get my shot. It was cold. The temperature was about 21 degrees and a little breezy. Yes, a little cold but I reminded myself I lived in South Dakota and Alaska and 21 degrees is NOT cold. I have been in much colder conditions.
As I heading out on my 45-minute trip I was thinking that since it was cold nobody will be wanting to visit the waterfall and I would have the waterfall all to myself. I was wrong. When I arrived the parking lot was full and people were everywhere. There were young and old couples, families, pets, and a couple of amateur photographers on site. So, trying to photograph the waterfall was going to be a challenge. Everyone wanted to get close to the waterfall. Some tried to climb on it. I was waiting for someone to venture out on the ice and fall in. My best chance came when a somewhat junky guy walked by me on his way to the middle of the ice said, "let us see how fat I am". Thankfully for him, he did not fall in, however, the ice did crack.
I was able to capture the image I wanted to capture. The conditions were pretty good except for having to shoot directly into the sun and being limited in the angles I had available to me. I was not going to let those issues prevent me from getting the image I wanted. In the wintertime, it can be a challenge to get up and go outside to find a good image. I always remind myself that there are opportunities for photography great wintertime locations. I knew that the frozen Lower Cascade Waterfall would be a great photo and a lot of fun to shoot. I just needed to get up, pack up, and go. It is very rare to have waterfall frozen in my area and I had a limited time to photo to photograph the waterfall. I am glad I got out and battled a little cold weather to do some photography. It was a fun and rewarding trip. I am glad I took advantage of the time I had available. It made my day.
So if you love photography, don't let a little cold weather stop you from going out and capturing a new image. I was reminded that time is not always on my side. I was going to visit additional waterfalls in the Asheville NC area. However, the weather was going to warm up and the frozen waterfalls would be gone by the time I was able to go there. I am just happy I got a nice shot before it warmed up.
Until next time, keep shooting!