Here’s a photo I took this spring on a quick trip down the Richardson Highway to Valdez. Kind of a spur of the moment thing, I took off from Glennallen one rainy, nasty morning to revisit the area. I hadn’t been down to Valdez in years, and so it was a nice way to spend what looked like might be a day of dreary weather. I also wanted to photograph a couple of the waterfalls along the road, this one and Horsetail Falls as well, which is just around the bend from Bridal Veil Falls.
This kind of location is difficult to shoot, for me, as the scene doesn’t offer a lot of options regarding a vantage point. The river in the foreground, Lowe River, is uncrossable, unless you have a boat. I, of course, did not have a boat with me. So the photographer here is pretty limited to shooting from across the river, and that makes it difficult to come up with any compositional variations.
Similarly, without a heavy overcast day, including the sky wasn’t a great option either. The road runs immediately behind where I shot this image from, so backing away would drastically change the nature of the photo, by including the road in the foreground. Not necessarily a bad thing, but that wasn’t what I was looking for. Perhaps I’ll go back one day in better conditions and shoot it again, with the road and a motor vehicle in the foreground, as a ‘travel photo‘.
I actually climbed the west wall of the canyon quite a ways, trying to find another vantage point. I found a spot to shoot from, but didn’t manage to make an image that I liked. Sometimes the generic is the best option for a good reason.
I shot this scene a little, headed on down the road to Horsetail Falls, photographed that, ventured further south to Valdez, enjoyed fresh Halibut, fries and a latte, and then turned to drive back north. On the return drive, I noticed this tiny sliver of blue sky open up, and thought I’d reshoot Bridal Veil Falls while the sky was something more (if only a little) than battleship gray. That’s when I took this photo.