Washington · USA
I've had a change of heart when it comes to what constitutes favorable conditions for waterfall photography. The traditional line of thinking for the landscape photographer is, clear skies or a few high clouds, head to the mountain...overcast or rainy, chase down a waterfall. Sometimes, though, you just gotta say the hell with it, go where your heart leads you, and take on the challenge of shooting in tough conditions head-on.
It's an easy decision to make when the trail is such a delightful and woodsy romp that you're happy just being there and not so invested in getting "the shot". The trail to Falls Creek Falls is just that, with towering old-growth forest, delightful greens and charming wildflowers comprising the understory, and a pretty and musical creek (if a bit on the heavy metal side) to delight the senses. And then when you get to the end...POW...Falls Creek Falls comes at you with unrelenting, awe-inspiring force. Here I used multiple exposures and six full stops of resiny goodness (I'm referring to my neutral density filters, in case you're wondering...) to handle the harsh lighting. Tough as it is to capture, I just love the play of light and shadow that happens when sunlight strikes a falls.
Here's an iPhone video that hopefully gives you a sense of the immensity and power of this falls (wished the audio wasn't so tinny, though): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLVcADwdwZE. And remember, this is just the 80-foot middle of three tiers--above this is a 60-foot drop that's not visible from this angle, and at the bottom end of the shot there's another 60-foot plunge going over the shelf (along with my boots gripping the ledge for dear life).