Rockstall Nature Preserve is a lesser known spot in Hocking Hills, Ohio. A quick hike leads to a beautiful hollow with two waterfalls, a large shallow pool. a creek, and steep cliffs.
Even though it had been raining on and off for days, one falls was down to a trickle and the other falls was dry on the mid July day I was there. I definitely want to return some time when the falls are really flowing. After trying several other compositions, I tried a low angle fish-eye shot with the camera setup right over a fallen branch that pointed at the waterfall. It was late morning and the sun was coming out so I took three exposures to blend together to compensate for the extreme dynamic range of light and shadows.
Because the waterfall was so thin I thought I would compose a shot that extended the line of the fallen branch to the line of the water leading the eye on a meandering path from the bottom to top. The fish-eye lens makes the scale of the waterfall difficult to judge, but the trees above it gives the viewer some clue.
The Manfrotto tripod’s 90 degree center post let me setup the camera straddling the fallen branch.