Pocono Waterfall Information

Update: The Mount Haven Resort has closed. One of our all-time favorite places. Good luck to the entire staff and family in your future.

The Pocono area is an excellent location for long-exposure waterfall photography. We also like this area for doing dark sky night photography. It’s not the darkest skies, but it’s pretty good. We stay at the Mount Haven Resort, which is right in the middle of the waterfall area when we go here. Update, the Resort has been sold. It is no longer a place for us to stay. It was one of our favorites. We will be searching for a new hotel to stay in for a while in this area.

Bushkill Falls is the prominent waterfall location in the Poconos area, but it is not ideal for bringing a tripod, and you will fight the crowds at this busy tourist attraction. We like the off-the-beaten-path waterfalls like this one to the right, where on a hot summer day, we only encountered about 10-12 humans in the park. (Pam steers clear of humans as much as she can)We also like the waterfalls that are not far from the parking lot. After all, we are photographers, not hikers. Don’t get us wrong; if the shot is out there and dynamic, we will hike to it, but we prefer to spend our time photographing— Not hiking. There are six good waterfalls in the Mount Haven Resort area that are not too far of a hike off the road. That’s why we like to stay at the Resort. It’s in the center of all of our waterfalls.

Waterfalls

You will pass by Raymondskill Falls on Raymondskill Road on your way to Mount Haven Resort and Restaurant.  UPDATE: 2017 – Mount Haven Resort has been sold and is currently closed. 🙁  When using your base camp at Mount Haven, your first waterfall is only a mile or two from your resort.

Grey Towers is less than 15 minutes from the resort for an excellent tour and some good architecture photography.

You will want to photograph Dingman’s Falls. Two falls are located here by the visitor’s center. The one year, there was a nest of baby birds they pointed out to us.  224 Dingmans Falls Rd, Dingmans Ferry, PA   (570) 828-2253

These long thin waterfalls do not make the absolute best images but don’t pass up the experience of the beauty of nature here. Milford, Pa, is right in the middle of it all here.

Geographically, Milford is a town of many edges.  It winds along beside the Delaware River, hugging the New Jersey state line where it meets Pennsylvania and New York.  It is in the foothills at the edge of the Pocono Mountains and adjoins the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.”

— New York Times,
Aug. 9, 2002

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Childs Park

After spending three years and $2.9 million on a significant renovation, the National Park Service has re-opened the sublime Child’s Park to visitors. This is a top waterfall location in the area. 321 Silver Lake Rd. Delaware, Pa.

The park now includes accessible trails and picnic sites, new, modern-looking restrooms in the main parking lot, new stairways, and new overlooks from which to view the falls. There are a few falls here that can be viewed from different angles.

We made some friends here, and they took our picture with our camera. There were only a few people here on the weekend, not enough of them to get in the way of our long-exposure photography. 🙂

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Pocono Waterfall Photography Location

Breathtaking waterfall photography can be found in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. With over 150 waterfalls to choose from, you’ll never run out of new and beautiful locations to explore. Here is an insider’s guide to some of the best Pocono waterfall photography locations.

Where to do Photography in the Poconos

The Poconos offer some of the best waterfall photography locations in Pennsylvania. From the easy-to-access Minisink Falls to the more remote and difficult-to-reach Bushkill Falls, there are plenty of options for photographers of all skill levels. Here we share one of our favorite Pocono waterfall photography locations and give you some tips on how to get the best shots.

Waterfall Photography in the Poconos

There are many different locations to choose from, each with its unique features. Here are just a few of the best Pocono waterfall photography locations:

1. Bushkill Falls: Bushkill Falls is one of the most popular Pocono waterfall photography locations due to its easy accessibility and a wide variety of photo opportunities. The falls are in a secluded wooded area, making it the perfect place to capture nature at its finest. There are eight different falls to explore, each with its unique character.

2. Dingman’s Falls: Dingman’s Falls is another excellent option for waterfall photography in the Pocono Mountains. The falls are located in a remote area, so you’ll need to hike to reach them. However, the effort is well worth it as the falls provide some of the most stunning views in the area. There are three levels to explore, each with its own cascading waterfalls.

3. Glen Onoko Falls: Glen Onoko Falls is one of the most unique Pocono waterfall photography locations due to its location within a state park. The falls are located on a series

How to Photograph Waterfalls

One of the great things about Pocono waterfalls is that they offer a variety of photographic opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a scenic landscape or a close-up of the cascading water, there’s a spot for you. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your Pocono waterfall photography.

1. Get there early. The best light for photography is typically in the early morning or late afternoon. Getting to your location before sunrise or staying until after sunset will give you the best chance for dramatic lighting and shadows.

2. Scout out the area. Once you arrive at your waterfall, take some time to walk around and find the best vantage point. Consider the direction of the sun and how it will affect your shot. Also, look for interesting foreground elements that can add depth to your photo.

3. Always use a tripod and a Neutral Density Filter. Waterfalls are long exposure shots, so a tripod will help prevent camera shake and ensure sharp images.

4. Get the slowest shutter speed you can. Slower shutter speeds will result in silky, smooth water, while faster shutter speeds will freeze the action and create more dramatic images. Our images with a silky look are usually between 1 and 3 seconds.

When to Go: Weekdays are best when it is slightly offseason. This is a tourist town, so be prepared for people. Remember, this is also a milky way dark sky area, so you might want to plan your trip around a new moon or the week before during milky way week.

Camera Settings

Manual Mode

You can do your long-exposure running and milky water shots here. You will have to use a tripod for this effect. Your settings will vary depending on the lighting and your neutral density filter. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters.

ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. The aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. After putting your neutral density filter on, take some test shots to decide your shutter speed. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in).

Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer also to prevent camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You will want at least a 5-second exposure for water. (If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. That does not give you a good effect). Go to our store to buy your ND filter. We like a 3.0 for super long exposure in the daytime, and we have a ten-stop filter for bright sunny days.

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