Of all the places I hike each year one holds a special place in my heart for its beauty and peacefulness. Tucked into the base of the Santa Cruz mountain range a small winding creek provides seemingly endless photo opportunities. After recent rains my girlfriend and I headed to the Waterfall Loop Trail at Uvas Canyon Park.
The hike is only about 2-miles-long but it winds along the cascades of Swanson Creek. Even in throws of the recent drought there was a enough water to pulse the creek with tumbling falls and drops.
I really don’t count this as a hike, it is much more a long photo walk. Armed with four lenses, a tripod and wireless remoter control for my camera we set out on a five-hour stroll along creek as the roar of water echoed in the canyon.
Photographing waterfalls is probably the most technical type of shooting I do;managing composition, shutter speed to adjust the motion of water, f-top to control the depth of field and ISO setting to maintain the correct exposure. I always shoot on manual and a mistake in choosing the right shutter speed exposure can lead to an intriguing photograph.
I will have to wait another year for a trip to the waterfalls of Uvas Canyon. If enough rain falls I may try a photo adventure to the falls at Mount Tamalpias and Mount Diablo and see if their waters can match the cascades of Uvas Canyon..
Beautiful. Would it be safe for someone in a wheelchair to go visit?