Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hayden Falls

Hayden Falls, a winter view - Click image to enlarge

Hayden Falls might be one of the best kept secrets in the Columbus, Ohio area since many people wouldn’t expect to find such a beautiful waterfall in a scenic gorge tucked away in a heavily populated area.  Over hundreds of years Hayden Run carved a small but impressive gorge on its way to the Scioto River, dropping 25 feet to form Hayden Falls. The amount of water flowing over the falls varies greatly throughout the year, it can be a roaring torrent in the spring or after a hard rain, completely dried up in midsummer, or frozen solid in the winter.

Living within walking distance of the falls, I have photographed them often and during all seasons of the year. The best time to photograph the falls is in the early morning or late evening when the sun is lower in the sky especially in late spring and summer otherwise the bright sky above the falls will make your exposure difficult. I recommend using a polarizing filter to help remove reflections from the water and wet rocks, and using a tripod will allow you to make longer exposures to give the water a silky flowing look. My favorite time to photograph here is in fall when colorful leaves cover the rocks and swirl around in the splash pool at the base of the falls. In winter you’ll have the whole place to yourself, and it’s a great time to photograph the falls especially when snow is covering the rocks.  If it’s cold enough, the falls will be partially or completely frozen which will allow for some interesting and unusual compositions. The falls are very popular in the warm summer months so serious photographers will want to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

To see a gallery of my images of Hayden Falls, please click here.  If you have any questions, please click here to email me.

Hayden Falls is in Hayden Falls Park, part of Griggs Reservoir Nature Preserve and located at 4335 Hayden Run Rd., Dublin, OH.  43017 close to the intersection of Hayden Run Rd., and Frantz Rd.  The falls are very accessible via a wide stairway from the parking lot to the bottom of the gorge that connects to an elevated boardwalk going out to the base of the falls.  More information can be found here.


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Opportunity – You Gotta Get “Out There” to Take Advantage of It!

Beaming Sunrise - Click image to enlarge

Capturing a great image is a combination of skill, planning, patience, perseverance and of course a little bit (and sometimes a lot) of luck.  Most of all however, you have to be “out there” in the field or you’ll have absolutely no chance to capture any image at all.  With these thoughts in mind, I want to talk about the story behind my “Beaming Sunrise” image in this post that I took in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It was Friday October 21, 2011, the last day of our vacation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mother Nature had not been kind when it came to good conditions for photographing a sunrise.  Every morning thus far had been much too cloudy for any chance at a good sunrise shot.  Unfortunately, this morning didn’t look any better but I decided to go out again anyway.  During a visit in July 2011 I scouted several overlooks on the Foothills Parkway West that were good sunrise locations, and they were only about a 20 minute drive from our cabin in Townsend, TN.  My wife is not a morning person, but since sunrise was at almost 8 AM this time of year thanks to daylight saving time, she decided it wasn’t too early for her.  We got to the Foothills Parkway West overlook about 7:15 AM, and it was still very cloudy so we didn’t expect to see much of a sunrise.  As we looked out over the fog filled valleys between us and the mountains, it was very quiet and peaceful.  I crossed my fingers and hoped that something interesting would happen.  I checked my watch, 7:50 AM, the sun should rise any moment now I thought.  Just as I looked up from my watch two brilliant red-orange beams of sunlight shot out from behind the mountains like search lights.  It was an amazing sight that lasted for no more than two minutes and was gone, and we didn’t see the sun again until mid-afternoon.  Although we couldn’t see it from the overlook, there was a break in the clouds just below the horizon that made this incredible sunrise possible.  This particular image is the very first shot I took.  Had we not gotten up and gone out even though conditions looked bad, we would have missed the “opportunity” to see and photograph something special like this.  You just never know what may happen so you have to get up and get out there.  I think my wife will get up and go out with me for another sunrise….if it isn’t too early.

To see more of my images from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please click here.  If you have any questions, please click here to email me.

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Autumn In The Smoky’s

The Cable Mill - Click image to enlarge

Welcome to Jeff Sagar Photography, thanks for visiting. This is my very first post, and I’m excited to bring you a special image taken during a mid-October 2011 vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Asheville, NC. and the Blue Ridge Parkway were also part of the trip. Our timing was perfect as the fall color was at its peak!

As predicted by the weather service, the day (October 19, 2011) started out with a relatively hard rain so after several good days of photography and sightseeing in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park my wife and I decided to hit the outlet malls. After lunch the rain had lightened considerably so we decided to go back to the park and tour Cades Cove since we could drive the 11 mile loop and stop where we wanted to if it wasn’t raining too hard. We also thought it wouldn’t be too crowded since it was raining….WRONG! The loop road through the cove was bumper to bumper with traffic and very, very slow moving. By the time we made it to the Cades Cove Visitor’s Center and Cable Historic Area, which is only 5 miles from the start of the loop road it was late afternoon and definitely time to get out of the car and stretch our legs. Fortunately the rain was just a light drizzle so we headed to the historic area to check out the mill and other pioneer buildings. I wanted to photograph the mill and thought that the light rain and overcast late afternoon light would be the perfect conditions to photograph the mill. As all good photographers know, you have to be prepared to shoot in “any” type of weather and in this particular instance, I wasn’t. I left my hooded rain jacket in the car so I was getting a little damp. My wife however, was prepared so I give her all the credit for making the above image possible. She held an umbrella over me, the camera and tripod while I composed this shot. I used a polarizing filter to reduce reflections and saturate the colors.

The “Cable Mill” was originally built in 1867 by John P. Cable. The mill processed logs, wheat and corn, and was one of the most successful mills in the cove. The mill continued to function in some fashion until the 1920’s and was actually still informally in use when Great Smoky Mountain’s National Park was formed in September, 1940. Renovations about the middle of the last century and the replacement of the mill wheel several years ago have ensured that the mill will continue to operate much as it did almost 150 years ago. You can even buy a bag of cornmeal at the mill when you visit.

To see more of my images from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please click here.  If you have any questions, please click here to email me.

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