I have been called by my photography friends relentless, tenacious, and obsessed for the time I spend at Hidalgo Falls. One friend said to me “you have good enough photos why keep going back?” my answer I do not want “good enough” I want to keep improving and will not settle for good enough. I live in the suburbs of Houston and the landscape in Houston and the surrounding area is flat as a pancake with little or no interesting landscape features, the highest point in Houston is the highway overpasses. Hidalgo Falls is about one hour from my home and is the only place close to my home with okay landscape. As I said the landscape features are okay at best so I push myself to find good composition. By going there so often I have learned when the best lighting is, the water levels, and one thing you can always count on is the river will be different every time I go. When I first arrive I take my gear out to a small island in the middle of the river. The water is shallow so it is easy to crossover to the island. Once on the island I set my gear down and just walk through the water looking for good composition. I might spend 1 hour just studying features, working on composition, and deciding the best time of day to shoot the shot. I enjoy this time it is relaxing and it is amazing just taking the time to look and explore the area and looking at different ways to shot the same feature. Not every time I go I find a wow shot because the lighting could be bad and/or the water level is too high or too low but I try to get the best shot in the conditions I’m working in. I love the challenge to find that professional looking image. The image above was shot at night with nearly a full moon high in the sky.
Camera settings: F/7.1, 30 sec, ISO 800, focal length 16mm
Equipment: Nikon D750, Nikon 16-35mm f4g lens