I have found waterfalls to be one of the most elegant ways to use photography. I have been showing and exhibiting my images all over the world and avoided waterfalls until really the last 7 years. The reason for this is that the snooty galleries referred to them as the black plague much like Europe with waterfalls.
But I believe they are the easy shoot, that everyone thinks they are. Of course we all have to many shots of Yosemite falls shot from the same angle and shot from a far.
So I decided to envision the most elegant ways to shoot waterfalls and set out to find them and capture them. I drew most of what I wanted to see and hoped to find. I know this sounds weird drawing photographs? But I draw nearly everything I hope to see, so it refreshes my mind when I'm in the field. And yes I'm a horrible drawer, maybe the worst on the planet. But it gives me ideas and let's me remember what I've seen over the years and allows me to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
So I envisioned some waterfalls in in the spring fall and summer. But as Mark pointed out shooting a waterfall is almost an instinct. But just because its a waterfall does not mean it should be shot. It must have all the elements of something amazing. I study painting, asian folding screens, other historical photographs. We all can learn something from the masters who came before us.
So now I have traveled many many places and seen many different types of waterfalls.
I have written this before but I use a framing card to compose my images just as Ansel taught me. So here are some of my favorites.
So some of these are pano stitches and others are shot straight. Most are scouted up to years in advance trying to figure out exactly what the perfect time to be there is. They are in no order of importance just 25 that I like.
I hope they inspire you to find your magical spots. www.GalleryoftheAmericanLandscape.com