Winter Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls. It's 215' tall, reportedly the tallest single-drop waterfall East of the... something. The Rockies? The Mississippi? Depends who you ask.

Whichever, it's a fairly impressive waterfall. Especially if you hike up the half mile gorge trail without knowing what you'll find at the end. It's a common thing people do with visitors to the area. There's nothing quite like the look on someone's face as they come around that last bend in the trail to see the waterfall.

But honestly, I find this waterfall to be a huge challenge to photograph. It's tall. It's impressive.

It's boring.

There are really only a couple of angles where you can see the entire waterfall, that photos of this one have been done to death. Plus, in the winter, there is very little color in the trees and water, AND, some years (this is one) the gorge trail is closed, so you can't even get to the base of the waterfall at all. You can only see it from the overlook and a couple of spots on the Rim Trail.

What to do?

I've been taking photos of this waterfall for decades, and have only ever taken maybe half a dozen that I honestly like. I've taken many that are okay, not bad, and certainly show the waterfall. Technically, they may be good. But there isn't anything particularly interesting about most of them. Same waterfall. Same angle. Ho hum.

I've been trying to focus on part of the waterfall, instead of the typical "portait" photo. I've gotten a few pictures that way that I kind of like, but only one that I like "enough." I've tried to pay  more attention to the gorge itself. 

This is a challenge in many of the places I take photos. Some are well known "tourist" locations around here, and have been photographed a million times. Or, they might be personal favorite places, where I've spent a lot of time. The more time I spend with one type of photo, the more I am driven to experiment, to find an approach that "fits" me.

I've learned a lot this way.

Taughannock still eludes me, though. I'm not yet satisfied.