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Eagle Falls - Lake Tahoe

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 7 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

An early morning shows colorful first light at Eagle Falls overlooking Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. I got my shoes soaking wet getting to this location for this image, with warm weather the day before the river was running very full! Don Smith was smart for taking off his shoes before crossing! I had to go to breakfast with wet shoes and very cold feet. The water is melted snow right from the high mountains that provide a dramatic backdrop for this location along the shoreline. Springtime provides the clearest water in Lake Tahoe due to the melted snow runoff.

I felt very fortunate on this morning because the sky had some high clouds which glowed with gold and deep red tones prior to sunrise.

NIKON D3 3/5 seconds F/14.0 ISO 250 17 mm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Scott, I am absolutely swept away!! Such a fabulous, wonderful composition with lovely color, so beautifully reflected in the rushing water!! STUNNING!!

7 Jun 2010 5:36am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

F A N T A S T I C ................

7 Jun 2010 6:14am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great shot, the timing is perfect and the composition fabulous. The strenght of the water creates a dynamic impression that I like very much.

7 Jun 2010 6:31am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

As Don, did you also jump into the icy water?!!!!
This is just marvelous!

7 Jun 2010 7:54am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Gorgeous! The spot and the POV, and the post process... superb!

7 Jun 2010 8:06am

Sylvie49 capture image from Vallée de la Loire, France

5* ! fabulous.

7 Jun 2010 8:21am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

simply marvelous !

7 Jun 2010 9:23am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Spectacular, Scott! I love the inclusion of the tree in the foreground, it really anchors the scene and balances out the really fast water.....PS you can get some rubber boots at OSH for $20!

7 Jun 2010 10:38am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I really like these early morning colors... just like in a watercolor painting ! So beautiful !

7 Jun 2010 11:03am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A stunning contrast between the roaring waters and the placid lake! Well worth getting your feet wet for! Well done! ;-)

7 Jun 2010 11:43am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i like the compo n it got wonderful mood n colors too. An awesome shot

7 Jun 2010 11:44am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

great slow capture...

7 Jun 2010 12:11pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Stunning scene, beautifully rendered with great tonal range. Something about the framing and/or crop doesn't 100% work for me but please don't take that as a detraction - this is a top drawer image and I salute your dedication!

7 Jun 2010 12:26pm

masuod from tehran, Iran

best shoot
nice job

7 Jun 2010 1:57pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Hey Scott, I think you and I need to invest in those rubber boots that Tracy keeps mentioning! Maybe we can start marketing our own brand and finally retire, then we could spend the rest of our days seeking out beautiful locations such as this. I really liked the warm-colored sky and you captured it perfectly. I also like that you included the pine on the left side of the frame and left just enough of the foreground rocks to add a sense of depth. As usual - excellently done!

7 Jun 2010 3:00pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

So worth wet feet Scott. From all of our backpacking days, I know how cold snow-melt run off can be! Five stars!

7 Jun 2010 3:03pm

Gina from Azores, Portugal

This photo is a breathtaking beauty.Great colors and light.5 *****

7 Jun 2010 3:19pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Great Scott!

7 Jun 2010 3:48pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

Wonderful falls, lovely sky color's

7 Jun 2010 5:00pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a view Scott. Wow i wanna go there......

7 Jun 2010 5:09pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Strunning morning colors that you have captured, along with great depth to this shot. The water movement is beautiful. I hope your shoes are drier by now. ;-)

7 Jun 2010 5:21pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

What a light for that beautiful place :-)

7 Jun 2010 5:25pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the captured movement of the water is quite special...great work Scott!

7 Jun 2010 6:58pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, i am impressed, excellent!!!

7 Jun 2010 7:55pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

There are two sides to taking your shoes off. Don clearly fared better than you but he could have cut his foot in case you would have made the better decision. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.. that whole hindsight thing. You still got an amazing shot and like my husband says, if you don't bleed on it [fixing cars, presses, etc] then you haven't done it right. By this image, you did it right, even with your shoes on!

7 Jun 2010 8:36pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is so realistic I can almost here it. Fabulous work Scott!

7 Jun 2010 9:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent. Marvelous composition and light.

7 Jun 2010 11:51pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

this is almost a pick of the last week or so for me! rarely i see this perspective on a waterfall - it is there and it tells a story but yet there are other elements that are equal to the waterfall - more often than not the focus is set squarely on the fall itself but i like the variety of interest here, which makes me wonder whether the fall compliments the view behind or is it the other way around - it can surely work in both ways and that is what is really special about this composition to me!

8 Jun 2010 3:53am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I'm speechless... what a beauty !!! Light on the water is divine... 5 * without hesitation.

8 Jun 2010 2:53pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Very beautiful shot!!
I like you'r photoblog!

8 Jun 2010 5:13pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Fabulous work, Scott. I trust you'd agree that the image was well worth the soaking cold. And next time - you'll know to remove the shoes - first! A great photograph - and - a lesson. Bonus time!

8 Jun 2010 6:02pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Great shot of this classic scene, Scott. I really like the tree on the left side of the frame, and the way Fannette Island is framed by the two distant trees.

8 Jun 2010 6:42pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

An excellent landscape image. The water looks like milk !

8 Jun 2010 8:50pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, thats just totally superb duder
breathtaking duder

8 Jun 2010 9:38pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A wonderful composition, wonderful color and clarity. Fifty stars if i could offer them. I love it!

9 Jun 2010 12:12am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I love your composition, with the moving water in the foreground and the lake and sky in the background.

9 Jun 2010 12:53am

Julie from Easton, United States

Well worth the wet feet for sure! You caught the rushing water but yet the calm sunrise! Two moods in one, this is a winner!

9 Jun 2010 6:21am

Irene from L C, France

Fantastic beauty !

9 Jun 2010 12:07pm

Val37 from Tours, France

Une véritable féérie tes paysages ! 5****** !

9 Jun 2010 1:25pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

This surpasses by far most of all nature photographies I ever seen. 5*****

9 Jun 2010 7:00pm

Merilee from Tn, United States are really great all your shots.

9 Jun 2010 8:11pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Nature is so beautiful and your photography too :)

9 Jun 2010 8:28pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Getting your shoes was well worth it, the view is spectacular and as usual you have captured it beautifully.

10 Jun 2010 1:06am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Just amazing!

10 Jun 2010 6:30am

Marilla from Finland

Brilliant! The waterfall looks wonderful.

10 Jun 2010 7:38am

steve loos from hollister, United States

Myself, I enjoy viewing the photo, with dry socks and a warm cup of coffee , , , Scott this is a beautiful image. The exposure on the water fall is perfect as it catches the color of the sunrise. Did I mention my socks are dry?

11 Jun 2010 7:36am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

as usual, amazing work! the perspectie with the pine tree, the powerful waterfall, the gold colors of sunrise...just beautiful!

11 Jun 2010 8:50am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Amazing capture

13 Jun 2010 7:46pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Very nice composition. Beautiful foregrund and DOF.

14 Jun 2010 10:18am


5* from me

14 Jun 2010 12:53pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


16 Jun 2010 2:24am

Marie from FRESNES, France

quelle lumière, pour cette magnifique compositon !

17 Jun 2010 2:14pm

Joy from Ahmedabad, India

wow...excellent shot!!

18 Jun 2010 4:09pm

Maria Draper from California, United States

you are very good...

28 Nov 2010 2:43am