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Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

By Whatever Name Beautiful

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I have seen it referred to by various names: Sunburst Falls, apparently because Sunburst Community is not far down the road; and West Fork Falls, for the more obvious reason that it is on West Fork of the Pigeon River. As it plunges in its dramatic descent, it runs headlong into the western base of Cold Mountain of literary fame, is turned and scours the valley at Sunburst on its way to Bethel where it will join with its sibling, Big East Fork; and the Pigeon River, one of the oldest rivers on Earth will be formed. It seems to me that the name is pretty much immaterial and that the beauty of this wonderful piece of falling water stands regardless of what you call it. There are many ways to express this beauty, but when I came by in the first part of October and saw the already-fallen leaves spread across the great outcrop of metamorphosed granite, I knew that a wide-angle image was speaking to me. I set up my camera on the left side of the bridge on NC 215 that spans West Fork, so that I could open out to the right, picking up the leaf-strewn rock and allowing the stream to become a diagonal which exited the frame along the left-third line of the image. I went as wide as possible before beginning to introduce sky in the top of the frame. This allowed for a focal length of 27mm. An aperture of f/20 and a shutter speed of 2.5 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 07 November 2014 13:06 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hey Nancy T. and Horace,
    Thanks for joining me in this conversation.Nancy T., I hope you had a wonderful birthday, and Horace, it's good to hear from you.also. I never know what kind of response will come back when I offer an Image for consideration. Sometimes it seems like the vast majority of folks will respond only if an image is in-your-face dramatic,and that's not really my purpose in offering them. So I do appreciate your thoughts on what might be described as "everyday beauty." I like West Fork Falls because it's a beautiful place that has somewhat limited possibilities unless you are a rock climber; so being creative here seems to be more a matter of timing in terms of conditions, season, and lighting. So it comes down to knowing how to assess those things from afar and decide whether it's worth the investment in time and resources to make the trip; or whether you just happen to be in the neighborhood and decide to stop by.This image is somewhat the result of both.Having been here several times yourself, Horace, I'm sure you can appreciate that. I think that wind is the most common difficulty I encounter here, assuming the other conditions are appealing. Thank you both for your thoughtful comments.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 02 November 2014 23:16 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This looks like another spot where you need to find a comfortable rock because there are so many stories to capture. It looks like a small world of wonders to be discovered. Or just read a book... or write one! Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Horace Hamilton Sunday, 02 November 2014 11:29 posted by Horace Hamilton

    Lovely image. I have photographed this waterfall several times and it is always different and always intriguing. Very nice interpretation of a compelling scene.

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