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One of the things I love most about being a fine art photographer is all the cool places I get to go for my work. And sometimes those places are (almost) in my own backyard. Case in point: these beautiful waterfalls near Dingmans Ferry, PA. I had a commercial shoot cancel at the last minute and decided to drive up to explore these hidden treasures. I was greeted with a small natural wonder right near home.

The creek that feeds the falls is flanked by wooden fences and walkways. Now in most of my life I follow the rules and rarely stray outside the lines. But when it comes to my photography I learned a long time ago that straying outside the lines results in the best photos.

So... as soon as I arrived the first thing I thought was, “how can I get closer to the action?” I eventually found some holes in the fences and off I went, climbing down into the ravine where the water flowed. I wouldn’t say I entirely threw caution to the wind, but there were a few tricky moments. Mostly these involved slick, algae-covered surfaces but there are also some pretty steep and jagged rock outcroppings that I had to negotiate. Once again, however, I think the end results were worth the effort - and I did check to make sure I had a cell phone signal before I climbed the fence in case anything really bad happened ;-). What do you think?
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