Print of the Month February 2011

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291 Granite Falls

How big is this waterfall?  Usually we’re so in awe of their grandeur that we photograph the entire falls.  In this case however, the details can be just as inspiring.  Left to “fill in the scene,” the viewer may imagine the size and scope of the falls, hear the water.  Is it rushing and crashing from a great river or soft and serene, being created from a smaller stream?

You could call me and I might not keep it a secret, or you could visit and see for yourself.  Granite Falls, located in the Hoback River Canyon is south of Jackson Hole in Wyoming.  This very scenic area offers a rewarding hike with views of Battle Mountain and nearby Granite Hot Springs.  Battle Mountain is an inactive volcano and received its name after skirmishes between fur trappers and Indians took place on and around its slopes.

Continuing on the hike, you’ll reach Hot Spring Falls and Pools.  While the Falls maintain temperatures between an astonishing 120F and 130F degrees, the water in the pools is a tempting 115F.

Granite Falls was exposed using a 5 x 7 Deardorff View Camera. The low zone was 13. of the wet rock. The high zone was 16.1 of the waterfall. The exposure was F 32 at a speed of

1/8 sec. A +1 development was required. The slower shutter speed creates the smooth water effect and I’d like to remind my students to try slowing down their shutters next time they’re photographing around water.


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