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Ricketts Glen State Park, PA
Posted By: MRRiley, 07-19-2009, 04:21 PM

Just a teaser... Lots to process... More after dinner...

Ganoga Falls... 94'


K20D, DA 16-45mm, 6sec at f22

Absolutely beautiful place... More photos below...

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07-19-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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Soothing, Mike - perfect.

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The falls trail is a fantastic hike. My wife and I did that about 6 years ago last October and had a great time, though were somewhat sore when done. Hope you wore good boots!
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That is a very good photo Michael, looking forward to the rest of them.

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Oh! I like it. Well done.
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Trip Report from Ricketts Glen

Ricketts Glen State Park

The park guide lists 22 named waterfalls. Ganoga, shown above is the tallest, at 94'. The others range from 11' to 60'. There are literally countless smaller cascades and chutes. You could spend days and days shooting at this gem of a place.

From the Lake Leigh parking area the entire loop (red dashed line on the map) is approx 6 miles. If one can park at the Lake Rose parking lot (currently closed due to construction) this gets knocked down to about 4 miles (green dashed line). The park's descriptions list the route's trails as "moderate" to "very difficult." These later ratings are mainly attributable to the steepness of the terrain. However, there are well built natural stone steps (thank goodness for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)) in all of the steep sections. Frankly if my mother (in her late 60s) and I can do it, almost anyone can. Given the 6 miles and a fair bit of company (very popular park for obvious reasons) we spent over 6 hours on the trail, starting at 9:30AM and stumbling back to the car after 3:30pm.



This trip was very well worth the trouble and exertion. The Lake Leigh parking area is at approx 2300' elevation. The confluence of the 2 main streams is called Waters Meet and is at approx 1550' of elevation. The downhill 750' was fairly easy but then you have to recover each one of those feet to get back to your car. IF you are willing to forego seeing almost half of the waterfalls, you can continue down the main trail to Rt 118, where the park operates a shuttle bus back up to the parking areas. I suspect many people took this option as there were far less people going UP than there were going down.

I will be planning a Pentaxian Get Together at Ricketts Glen late next spring.

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More Ricketts Glen photos

Ozone Falls - 60' (slight crop) - K20D, DA 16-45mm, 2 sec at f13


Ozone Falls detail - K20D, DA 16-45mm, 8 sec at f9


R. B. Ricketts Falls - 36' in 2 drops - K20D, DA 16-45mm, 4 sec at f18

(I think this one is a bit crooked and I need to level it)

All shot with the K20D and either the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 or the Pentax DA 16-45 f4. Shutter speeds typically in the 2-6 second range.

Enjoy,

Mike

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Thanks for posting this Mike, looks like a great place to visit. love your work.

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WOW.. ok beckwards now WOW. Nicely done Mike. Love all of them. The exposures are dead on and you choose just the right shutter speed. What was you lens selection on these shots? JIM
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Gorgeous Mike. I wish we could have made it up there with you this past weekend. Hopefully next time we won't have a gazillion other things giong on.
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Niiiicccce!!!!
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Thanks everyone! Jim, I added the camera settings...All at ISO 100 with a CPL and an ND4 in place.

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Thanks everyone! Jim, I added the camera settings...All at ISO 100 with a CPL and an ND4 in place.

Thanks Mike. It helps me moving forward on shots like this. I have the ND8 but maybe a 6 or 4 would come in handy. Cheers and again excellent photo's Mike. JIM
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Jim,

Keep the ND8 handy... I could have used one later in the day. Early on we were blessed with a nice overcast sky but once the sun came out it got harder to manage and I often had to wait for a cloud to come by to let me keep my shutter speeds long enough.

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Stunning shots, Mike! Can't pick my favourite, all so beautiful!
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