Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Scouting a location for the waterfall photo, part of Photographing a Waterfall.
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We have now left the main trail by the river and found this beautiful creek. A lot of times when you get a large river, you're looking for those creeks that are feeding into it. Hiking up those creeks to find intimate scenes. Intimate scenes are what we're trying to capture. The beauty of nature simplifying, and this is a perfect example of something we can work with. It also has the added benefit of less crowds. Here we are, private area, we can really start to work the scene. As I turn and look at my creek, I'm looking for cleanliness, I don't want a lot of debris.
The bottom portion of the creek has quite a few logs in it, and those logs are going to hurt our image. It's going to hurt the visual flow going through the creek. If we look a little bit higher, what we see is some nice cascades. Very clean. So what we want to do, is we want to put on our gear and head on up to photograph that. And what's really important to note, is we didn't put our tripod right here and started shooting. We took a look at the scene and we found what's interesting about it, that's where we're going.