I posted a photograph of Hamilton Pool last week and I offered to accompany anyone who would like to go out there and photograph the area. A friend of mine had some free time so we made a day trip to photograph the Hamilton Pool waterfall. I have photographed the waterfall from afar and decided to take a closeup photograph. The skies were cloudy grey without detail so eliminating the sky was a good option. This also allowed me to get a closer view of the plants, lichen and moss growing in and around the grotto. We arrived at 9:00 AM, just as the park opened. There were few people there. Larger crowds began arriving around 10:00 AM. I got lucky and was able to capture this crowd-free photograph of the waterfall.
Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve used to be open to the public to come and go as they please. Starting last year, however, the county started limiting entrance to the park and you now must make a reservation. Thankfully, reservations are only needed from May through September. The rest of the year is on a first come, first served basis. Getting there early is a must if you want to photograph the scene without people. I also recommend you go on a very cold day. That will further limit the crowds.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 35 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at 1.3 seconds and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability and a circular polarizer to reduce the glare on the water. This is a single image processed in Lightroom. I completed processing it in Photoshop with Nik Color Efex Pro.
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