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Birch and Ferns, Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

I enjoy exploring lesser know area in and around popular spots. It’s exciting to find a sot that is often overlooked by other photographers who have tunnel vision and feel they must concentrate all of their energies on a specific location or subject. Case in point, Ricketts Glen State Park in north central PA has some of the most amazing waterfalls in the Mid Atlantic. In fact you can visit well over 30 falls in the course of a 4 or 5 mile hike. I have returned to this location at least a dozen times over the past few years to hike the falls circuit and shoot new images. On a recent trip however, I decided to focus my attention on a few other spots just north of the main section of the park. For two days I camped and explored a great meadow filled with bracken ferns, maples and birch. I can only image how awesome this are will be come fall and I am planning to make a stop there on my way back from Vermont this October.

Best of light,

Joseph Rossbach


Elakala #2, Shays Run, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Swirly Falls

I spent a long 3 day weekend camping and hiking with my son Phoenix in the Mountains of West Virginia and western Maryland. On Sunday, we hiked and scrambled down to Elakala Falls and Second Falls of Shays Run. After climbing around on the rocks and waiting in the plunge pool below the falls, I took a chance to work a few comps of the scene. For this shot I was in the water with Phoenix. He was kind enough to hold the shutter release and trip the shot when i told him I was ready. Great kid!!


Elekala’s Fury

When I arrived in the park last week, the temps had hovered in the mid teens for a 10 days before and all the waterfalls were solid blocks of ice. By the last day of the workshop, the temps had risen to the upper 30’s and it rained for one solid afternoon creating a flash floods of melting ice along the streams and rivers in the park. In order to get this composition, i climbed out across an ice and snow bridge for the best perspective. The water was raging and a solid breeze was blowing sheets of water on the front of the lens saturating everything. I was able to get off one image without water on the lens. This image is of Elekala Falls in Blackwater Falls State Park, WV.

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Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One Day Winter Workshop on February 13! ~ Only a couple space are still available for this workshop!!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Arctic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are beginning to fill up fast!


Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, West Virginia

While on my last trip to the Blue Ridge in Virginia, I got the sudden urge to drive the  extra 130 miles over to Babcock State Park near New River Gorge. I left Crabtree Falls area after the light went harsh and made it over to the mill around 3pm. The light was harsh, so I drove over to Cathedral Falls (an extra 23 miles west) and shot the falls for a bit before heading back to the grist mill at sunset.


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Endless Mountains and Fall Color

Sunrise on Loyalsock Creek

Sunrise on Loyalsock Creek

Just checking in from the road! I am currently in northeast PA shooting in the Endless Mountains region. Fall color is just beginning with some nice color displays in the high meadows, swamps and ponds. Here are a few images from the first 2 days of s…hooting. I will be up here untill Saturday night and then back home. Clear blue skies right now, so I am hunkered down doing some work until I head out for sunset.

Autumn Maple

Autumn Maple


Aspen, Rock and Ferns

Aspen, Rock and Ferns


Fall Ferns

Fall Ferns


Ran out to Cape Henlopen State Park this morning for a quick sunrise shoot

Stormy Atlantic

Stormy Atlantic

 I got up at 3am and headed over to Cape Henlopen with buddy and fellow photographer Alex Mody this morning. We were hoping for some sick light at dawn with this passing storm coming up the coast. Well, the light never really happened, but the clouds had such a nice texture to them that we came away with some pretty sweet images anyway. I shot the above image about 10 minutes after sunrise and used the Singh Ray Vari ND filter to dial in the needed density to run a 3 minute exposure at f11. The result was pretty amazing with the water turning to a soft brush stroke and the clouds streaking across the sky.

Looks like I will be in the office the rest of the week preparing lesson plans for my Online Abstract Class through NPN this fall as well as writing the first chapter of the new book.


Autumn Color at Spruce Knob Lake, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Autumn Color at Spruce Knob Lake

Autumn Color at Spruce Knob Lake

Don’t miss out on our West Virginia Fall Color Workshop, October 8 -11, 2009. Based out of Blackwater Falls State Park and including location shoots at Bear Rocks, Table Rock, Blackwater Falls, Douglas Falls, Elekala Falls, Canaan Valley State Park, Spruce Knob and much more!  Click here for more info and registration.


West Virginia Winter Workshop 2009

West Virginia Winter Workshop

Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

January 9-11, 2009

Instructor: Joseph Rossbach

Tuition: $525

Experience West Virginia’s mountains cloaked in fresh snow and ice! You will have the chance to photograph scenes that few photographers capture, from Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Canyon, Shays Run, winter wildlife and fantastic ice formations. Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge and Resort will be our base camp of discovery to photograph this amazing mountain landscape in West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains.


Spring Fence