Eagle Falls at Dawn
October 16, 2010
Eagle Falls is above Emerald Bay in the South Lake Tahoe area and, like Yosemite's Fern Spring, is often photographed. The late Galen Rowell might have started the rush in the 1980s after publishing his seminal work “Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape,” which contained a beautiful image of Eagle Falls at dawn with spring run-off waters gushing.
Galen's image is viewable on the Mountain Light site on "The West" gallery's PAGE 2 (Image A00151). See http://www.mountainlight.com/gallery.west/images.html for "The West" gallery.
And so here is my first shot at photographing Eagle Falls. The waters were flowing rather slowly on this mid-October morning but, thankfully, Mother Nature cooperated with a colorful sky. It was overcast the rest of the weekend (which put a damper on our fall Aspen color photography junket) as a storm moved into California.
Casse and I scouted the area the previous evening; I wish I would have thought to determined my focus at this time because it was a challenge in the morning darkness. The next day we arrived about an hour before sunrise; it was pitch dark as I descended the rocky hillside with camera and tripod while Casse lit the way with two flashlights. (Note to self: get a bright LED headlamp.)
A 3 stop hard grad was used in this shot.