Royalston Falls

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’ll be training people in SC today and then I’ve got the rest of the day and a few hours on Thursday to myself to poke around the southern end of SC and north eastern GA for some photographic opportunities.

Let’s hope I find something!

Today is Wednesday – Waterfall Wednesday that is –  as promised I’m going to try and share with you a new photograph from my various adventures hunting for these amazing natural wonders each and every Wednesday until I run out of photographs to share.

If you missed last week’s waterfall visit – Trap Falls now – to see the silky smooth triple plunge now!

Today’s Photo – Royalston Falls

Royalston Falls was an amazing waterfall. It was definitely not an easy hike out to the site, but so worth it in the end.

This photograph doesn’t really do it justice at all, but I’ll share it with you anyway!

We came from behind the falls, following the stream as it meandered its way down towards it’s faithful plunge. You can hear it thundering over the cliff for a solid 100 yards before you even get there and the last 20 or it’s loud enough to really start building the excitement. As you come up on the plunge the path snakes its way right across the left side of the waterfall and the site is quite breathtaking as you’re first view of the fall is looking down into the gorge as the fall pours over the edge.

Thankfully the organization that maintains the site installed a fence along the edge which probably saved my life as I slipped trying to negotiate the slippery rocks to get into position to take a photograph. If it wasn’t for that fence I might not be writing this post right now!

The waterfall itself is a 40 foot plunge that fans out as it falls over the rocks. There are some amazing rock ledges that over hang the gorge and offer some unique perspectives of the fall – I went to the easiest of those to get this particular shot.

I’m not terribly afraid of heights, but after that slip my knees were shaking a little. It was a tight spot only about enough room for me and my tripod without any room for mistakes – I think this came out pretty good so hopefully you like it as well as this was by far one of the most challenging shots I’ve taken to date!

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Royalston Falls

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Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm Wide Angle
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5


  1. Janine

    This is the ledge photo? This came out amazing!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the waterfall photos.

  2. Jennifer

    Beautiful shot. I love the way you captured the water falling down the falls.

  3. Adam Allegro

    Beautiful!!! I’ve noticed that i have less regard for my own safety with a camera in my hands… Glad you weren’t hurt! Did you use filter??

  4. John Davenport Post author

    Thanks Adam! Yes I don’t know if it’s because of the desire to get the shot at all costs or the fact that I’m just not exactly paying my full attention to where I’m moving, but I’m definitely a little more apt to trip, stumble or fall when I’m taking photographs…. makes for a bad combination when hiking on slippery rocks.

    And yes for this shot I used a polarizing filter.

  5. John Davenport

    One of my favorite photos – so worthy of the long, hot hike to the site. (Testing the FB Comment function).

  6. John Davenport Post author

    No problem Mike! Glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Hope you’ll be back again soon!

  7. mawi wijna

    Hi John! It is a very amazing photo. I can imagine your hardship for getting this shot. I also interested in waterfalls and here in Indonesia, I also try to capture most of waterfalls that I could. Sure, most of the terrain aren’t friendly to ordinary people like me, :D.

    Good luck John! I’m looking forward to see your next waterfall shot.

  8. John Davenport Post author

    Thanks Mawi glad to hear that you’re also interested in cashing the waterfall shots. Waterfalls certainly offer a tough challenge to get to and from in order to get the best photographs. It’s all about researching and being as prepared as you can be. Also you have to make sure you’re staying within your comfort zone.

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