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October 21, 2008

Potomac River Cascades

by josephrossbachphoto

I had a photo assignment this morning in Tyson’s Corner, so I took the chance to swing over to Great Falls National Park for a quick shoot at sunrise before having to be on location. I hiked up the banks of the river in the dark and waited for the sun to come up. As the light began to crest the hillside to the west it illuminated this section of rushing water. What really drew me to shooting this scene was the warm tones of the direct light striking the waves and the cool tones reflecting the clear blue sky above. I used my 80-200mm to pick out the most dynamic section of water and opened up the shutter for 1/8 of a second at f16. This relatively fast shutter speed froze water splashing off the rocks but was also slow enough to create some soft areas in the image where the water was moving very quickly.

Joe

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