After the first significant snowfall of the year I decided to take a ride up to Bash Bish Falls up in Massachusetts. I had been there one time before, the crowds that day made it absolutely impossible to shoot but it was an amazing scene. The crystal clear turquoise water is something you can't forget and I've wanted to go back since then. So I threw my pack in the car and headed out.
The roads were still covered with snow and the closer I got the more I began to worry i wouldn't be able to make it up the steep roads into the valley where this beautiful falls is located. As I turned into the park and passed the plow truck I knew I lucked out! The roads and parking lot had just been plowed and salted and I had the entire place to myself. I popped in my headphones and started the mile hike out to the falls.
I had forgotten how peaceful it was walking through the woods after a fresh snowfall, fresh tracks and some good music playing, there was nowhere I would had rather been!
As I approached the falls it was obvious that it had completely frozen over, no way was I going to get a good shot today but I walked down the stairs that led to the base of the falls anyway. Everything was snow covered and looked flat, which was deceiving. At the bottom of the falls their are enormous boulders that surround the pool and I remembered having to walk through them in the summer. I tried to navigate my way once and slipped quickly realizing everything was covered with ice. I knew I wasn't going to get anywhere close to the falls so I turned around feeling defeated.
On the way back down I knew I had to get something out of this trip and I remembered as the trail came out of the valley and followed the river you could see the crystal clear water from the falls flowing through an unfrozen area. I jumped off the trail and followed the river until I found this spot, I setup my tripod and took this.
This is a partial HDR, I really wanted to get the contrast of how the water looked and I felt this was the best approach. When I originally started working on this shot I wasn't a big fan of it, the water was amazing but the rest of the shot was didn't really add anything to the photo, it was mediocre at best. So I decided to go black and white with everything else. I'm really happy with the result that I got.