As a landscape photographer, it is nice to have a versatile location that I can visit as much as possible, but still find new compositions. For me, that place is Greeter Falls, Tennessee.
There are five major waterfalls in this area, and I have photos from three of them exhibited on this site. The most photogenic of these is Lower Greeter Falls, which I have nicknamed "Rain Falls" on this site. This is because every time I visit the falls, it's pouring out! This actually makes for nice photos, because the falls is evenly lit and it becomes foggier in the rain. Upper Greeter Falls is nice as well, although it is a much smaller falls with fewer compositional options.
Greeter Falls is a versatile enough location, and a large enough area, that I don't feel limited with my photography. On my last visit, I discovered a 75-foot tall waterfall that no map had marked, simply by following along the river as far as I could.
Upper Greeter Falls
To get here takes a two-hour drive, but it is well worth the effort. Each time, I'm able to refine my old compositions and produce better photos than before. One of my earliest photos, "Rain Falls," was a finalist and ultimately a commended entry in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition. I later took two other photos of the same waterfall that I like better: "Rain Falls 2" and "Rain Falls 3." My favorite is #2 (the first photo on this page), but different people will have their own opinions.
Lower Greeter Falls, "Rain Falls" (OPOTY Finalist)
Lower Greeter Falls, "Rain Falls 2" (My personal favorite)
Lower Greeter Falls, "Rain Falls 3" (Because every good scene deserves a panorama)
About a half-mile away is Boardtree Falls, a smaller but still interesting waterfall. When the water level is low, Boardtree Falls all but disappears. However, it takes a very interesting shape after heavy rain, and it is quite beautiful.
Boardtree Falls, "Tree Falls"
I like to come up with clever puns for my photo titles. It may not seem like much, but buyers always enjoy an interesting title, and it's easier to remember. I don't know if the same concept applies for photo contests, but a good title certainly doesn't hurt. With the names "Rain Falls" and "Tree Falls," these photos stand out slightly more. Plus, the title becomes more descriptive even if the name of the waterfall is something different.
Having a location like this means that I know where to go when the weather is right. During a weekend of low temperatures, I knew that the waterfall would freeze, or icicles would form at the very least. I made the drive, and I was not disappointed. Although the waterfall didn't freeze completely, the beautiful ice formations across the cliff (especially on Lower Greeter Falls) were perfect. Photos will follow soon!