Hacklebarney State Park is one of New Jersey’s most beautiful natural areas, and fall is one of the best times to visit. The Riverside Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park and features many beautiful spots, including this beautiful footbridge over a waterfall. I took this photo last year before the drought, when the water still flowed over large stones and created a natural cascade that was simply stunning. But the real highlight was the foliage – creating a beautiful fall landscape with gorgeous yellow hues.
It’s always important to look for the best angle when taking any photo. This means considering the composition of the shot and finding a way to best frame the subject. I looked carefully for a good view of the bridge and made sure to include as much fall foliage as possible in the background, which added to the overall effect of the photo and made it more visually appealing. The leaves in the foreground complete the scene, giving the photo balance.
Here are a few tips for taking waterfall photos:
- Use a tripod while taking landscape photography to avoid blurry photos.
- Use a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of the water. This creates a “cotton candy” effect in the water and makes the photo more interesting.
- Experiment with different angles to find the best composition. Try to use symmetry to create a pleasing visual effect.
- Use a polarizing filter to reduce glare and increase saturation. A polarizing filter can make water appear more blue and vibrant, which is ideal for waterfall photography.
- Pay attention to the background and make sure it compliments the waterfall. The best landscape photos have multiple elements that work together to create a stunning visual effect.
I also took another photo on this same trip, and I look forward to sharing it soon.