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Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Road Trip Archive | 0 comments

Top 10 Vertical Waterfall Images of 2015

East Branch Falls, Sullivan County, PA

2015 will go down as the "Year of the Vertical Image" for me, when it comes to waterfall photography. Reviewing all the photos I've shared on social media sites over the past year, it becomes obvious that the vertical images have surpassed the more traditional horizontal/landscape images in popularity. I attribute this in no small part to the fact that a majority of people now view these social media sites on mobile devices (phones and tablets) where the vertical images simply look better.

So rather than buck the trend, I have embraced it, and now try to capture a few good vertical compositions at every waterfall I visit. Here are my 10 best/favorite/most shared from the past year.

 

Ozone Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park, Sullivan County, PA

10. Ozone Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park

Made my annual visit to Ricketts Glen in late April, before the onslaught of tourist season. I like the foreground in this one as it leads your eye gradually to Ozone Falls themselves.

 

Big Falls, State Game Lands 13, Sullivan County, PA

9. Big Falls, State Game Lands 13, Sullivan County, PA

Shot this one on May 1, before the leaves had emerged from their slumber. Flow was just about ideal on this day to capture all the nuances of this waterfall.

Jacoby Run Falls, Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, PA

8. Jacoby Run Falls, Loyalsock State Forest, Lycoming County, PA

After several failed attempts to capture this one with decent flow the prior year, finally timed this one right for mid-March when the ice was thawing out.

Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

7. Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

I always enjoy shooting Lower Jonathan Run Falls from this angle. Very zen-like.

Pigeon Run, State Game Lands 13, Sullivan County, PA

6. Pigeon Run, State Game Lands 13, Sullivan County, PA

There are 6 or 7 really nice waterfalls along Pigeon Run, all of which looked great on this unusually wet July morning.

Little Four Mile Run, Leonard Harrison State Park, Tioga County, PA

5. Little Four Mile Run, Leonard Harrison State Park, Tioga County, PA

The autumn leaves were just starting to fall along the Turkey Path when I photographed this one the last day of September.

Yost Run Falls, Sproul State Forest, Centre County, PA

4. Yost Run Falls, Sproul State Forest, Centre County, PA

I've photographed this one countless times, but something about the fullness of the falls and the lighting on this day in late June makes it one of my favorites.

Upper Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

3. Upper Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

Another one I've photographed countless times. Not the fullest I've ever seen Upper Jonathan Run Falls, but really liked the "greenness" and detail in this shot.

Cole Run Falls, Forbes State Forest, Somerset County

2. Cole Run Falls, Forbes State Forest, Somerset County

Shot this one in early December after a light dusting of snow. Which seems like a distant memory as I write this on a 65 degree Christmas Eve.

Ohiopyle Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

1. Ohiopyle Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County, PA

My most-shared photo of 2015. This one took on a life of its own and was shared thousands of times on Facebook alone. I guess when you combine a sunrise with a waterfall you're well on your way to "going viral"!

 

I hope you enjoyed this look-back with me. I'll be bringing you my top 10 horizontal/landscape oriented waterfall shots next week. Until then, Merry Christmas to you all!

 

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