Photo Project 52. Week 9 – Cascade

   March 6th, 2011

Another dreary sunless day in Central Illinois.  We have had a lot of rain lately, combined with above freezing temperatures has lead to a lot of excess water in the area.  I decided to drive out to the Taylorville Lake dam and see if it was overflowing any water.  Well, it indeed was, and this is the most I have ever seen it.  On a typical summer day, this dam will be dry, and you can walk down in the overflow area.  The roaring sound alone from the water spilling over the dam was awesome.  It also made for some cool shots.  I used my 70-300 lens on my tripod with a remote shutter release for this shot.  I was pretty happy with how it came out and I only made a few minor tweaks to it in Picasa.  I’m looking forward to warmer/sunnier weather though.


4 Responses to “Photo Project 52. Week 9 – Cascade”

  1. Brandon  Says:

    Great pic! What were your f-stop, ISO, & shutter speed? Give it a try with a small aperture, lowish ISO, and low shutter speed (a second or longer). Should produce a neat ghosty effect.

    – B

  2. Nick - Author Comment:

    I did several longer exposure shots too. They were cool, but the dam is so big and the main focus of the picture, it just looked too blurry for my tastes.
    This shot was f/4.5, ISO 640, and 1/4000 shutter. I was shooting in shutter priority mode.

  3. June  Says:

    I like this. Personally, I would crop the top of the photo so that the trees are no longer visible. It would give it an abstract feel.

  4. Nick - Author Comment:

    I have a shot framed like that too 🙂

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