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Hayden Falls Frozen

Hayden Falls FROZEN – Click image to enlarge

 

The amount of water flowing over the Hayden 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 almost frozen solid in the winter as you see it in the image above.  I live within walking distance of the falls and got there shortly after a new snowfall to capture this scene before the footprints of other visitors ruined the snow on the rocks and surrounding area.  It was late in the day and the starkness of the scene lent itself to a nice conversion to black and white.  Note the partial reflection of the upper part of the waterfall in the still water in the middle of the frame.  Capture information for this image is; Canon EOS 5D Mk III, manual exposure mode, spot metering, 2.5 seconds at f/22, ISO 100, 24mm focal length, polarizing filter.

With the icicles and flowing water there are many compositions possible everywhere you look.  Below is a close up view of layers of ice along the edge of Hayden Run flowing out from the waterfall on its way to the Scioto River.

 

Close-up if icicles & ice along Hayden Run – Click image to enlarge

Hayden Falls is a beautiful waterfall tucked away in a scenic gorge and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.  The falls are very popular so you will likely find other people there when you arrive.

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.  GPS coordinates are N 40°4’1″, W 83°6’38”.  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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Indian Run Falls

A winter view of Indian Run Falls - Click image to enlarge

Indian Run Falls is nice 10’ to 15’ high waterfall located in Indian Run Falls Park, a Dublin Ohio city park.  Hayden Falls, the subject of a previous post here, is close by.  Early history of the area indicates that the land around the falls was the site of a Wyandotte Indian village on the west side of the gorge in the early 1800’s.  Today, nature trails wind along both sides of the gorge and several observation platforms provide views of the falls.  There is a bridge spanning the gorge that would provide a great view of the falls, but unfortunately it has been closed for a number of years.

None of the observation platforms provide a very good view of the falls so to get the best view, especially if you want to photograph them, it is necessary to climb down into the gorge, and then hike several hundred yards along Indian Run to reach the base of the falls.  It is worth the effort since you will have a view of the falls that not everyone who visits will get.  Walk along the east side of the gorge and you’ll find several places off the nature trail where you can safely climb down into the gorge.  Use extreme caution however, since the sides of the gorge are very steep!!

A close-up of an Indian Run cascade - Click image to enlarge

 

Photographing the falls is best done during the “magic hour” of the morning or evening when the sun is low in the sky otherwise the mid-day sun will create an extreme contrast range with areas of deep shadow, bright sky and reflections off the water making a good exposure difficult.    Photographing the falls on an overcast or misty day is also a good option.  In addition to the falls, there are many opportunities for photographing various creek scenes along Indian Run.  Above the falls there is a very nice 10 foot high cascade, and several other smaller cascades (one with a bridge overhead), that are especially interesting to photograph.  Making some close-up compositions, focusing on the intimate details of the cascades will create some interesting imagery.  To get the best results, I highly recommend using a tripod and a polarizing filter.  Using a tripod will slow you down and force you to look through your viewfinder and think about your compositions.  It will also allow you to use a slow shutter speed that will give the water tumbling over the rocks a silky flowing look emphasizing the motion of the water.  Using a polarizing filter will help you to reduce or eliminate reflections on the water so you can show detail under the water that would otherwise be hidden by the reflections.  These details will make your images even more striking.  Enjoy photographing Indian Run Falls!

You can see more of my Indian Run Falls images in my gallery here. If you have any questions about this website or my photography, please click here to email me.

 

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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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