Overwhelmingly Grand

Overwhelmingly Grand

Many times during my photography career people come up to me and ask Why arent you taking a picture of this Its so pretty One of the things I learned early on was that often times scenes that are pretty to the eye unfortunately dont make great photos. Scenes are too busy, theyre too grand, or they lack a main subject. This was the case when Willie and I arrived at Burney Falls. We took one look at it and said WOW But as we got down lower and took out our cameras we started to scratch our heads. No wonder we didnt see many good photos during our research. Its not that it hasnt been photographed, its that its really hard to photograph well. The place is just too grand. It didnt help that there were blue skies above the falls.

As I was shooting I noticed that the setting sun was positioning itself perfectly in the trees. I managed to snap off a few shots before the sun dipped completely behind the trees and the cliffs and was hidden for the rest of the evening. Lightstars streak out from the sun as the trees provide an edge to refract off.

Foregive me for the horridly boring sky but I found Burney Falls so breathtaking that I just had to post a photo of it. As Alan will say, this is Caca Dudu (his term for BORING) but who cares — its a gorgeous place and I want to motivate everyone to visit Burney Falls if theyre in the Shasta area (or make a trip to go see it). I made sure to include all of the falls to give you a sense of how giant and large this place is

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
20mm, f/22, 0.8 sec, ISO 320

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.