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. When we go here, we stay at the Mount Haven Resort, which is right in the middle of the waterfall area. 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 out in search of a new hotel to stay in whilst 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 it’s dynamic, we will hike to it, but we do 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. just a short 6 miles from Mount Haven Resort our base location.

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 and not enough of them to get in the way of our long exposure photography. 🙂

A rare sighting of world-renowned Pamela Goodyer. The photo was taken by Mark, (Pam’s camera) and a complete stranger. Yes, she for the only time let someone touch Mark. Mark is a 5D Mark III, hence, the name Mark.  He is now called Mark Jr. since she has a new addition, Mark Senior. 5D Mark IV bought at the photo center in Brick N.J. 

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When to Go: Weekdays, when it is slightly offseason, is best. This is a tourist town, so be prepared for people. Keep in mind 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

Aperture Priority

It is generally used to control the depth of field (control how much is in focus from your subject back). If your shutter speed drops to 1/30th sec. or lower because you lack light, you will need to put your camera on a tripod to avoid blurry pictures. Anything handheld below 1/30 sec will be blurry. The higher the “f” number, the less light that will come in, and your shutter speed will drop to let more light in.

When your “f” number goes up, your aperture closes. At f-22, you are barely letting any light in.  Always watch your shutter speed when taking your shot, look at the bottom of the screen through the viewfinder and check your shutter speed. Do not let your shutter speed go too low when hand-holding.  Sometimes you cannot get a super high f stop because you do not have enough light. This will happen quite often at times, such as a sunset. Again, put your camera on a tripod, and now your photos will not blur except for any subject moving in the image.

You might want the opposite effect. That is when your subject is in complete focus, and the background is blurred, called the bokeh effect. You will use your lowest F-number, such as 2.8 or 3.5. Go as small as your particular lens will allow.  Shooting in Aperture Priority allows you to control this.

Shutter Priority

If you have moving subjects such as people moving, you will want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure your images come out sharp. When people are moving slowly, shoot at 1/250th sec, and adjust your ISO accordingly. If they are moving very fast, increase your shutter speed to about 1/1000th sec. If it’s a bright sunny day, go as high as 1/1200 second for very fast-moving subjects.

Manual Mode

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

ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. Aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (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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