Faux Falls Cascade

Faux Falls Cascade, Moab, UT

Faux Falls is just outside Moab, UT. It’s “Faux” because the water is pumped from an adjacent canyon through a ridge to move the water closer to town, cascading down into a lake.

During the Moab Photography Symposium I shot Faux Falls on two separate occasions, once coming down on the falls from above, once from below. Acutely aware of some errors (er, suboptimal decisions) in the first session, I set out to create a better image during the second. Part of that was seeing in black & white, part framing, part clearing excess material from the image field itself. I’m happy with the result, at least for now.

I should point out that during this second shooting session, I lost a lens step-up ring into the stream and was soaked to halfway between my ankles and knees. At least I didn’t hurt myself. That was a different shoot :-).

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a geologist’s wet dream …


Looking west from Castle Valley is the western wall of Professor Valley. The Colorado River is out of sight below it. To the far right is the eastern wall. But the top of that western wall is, in essence, the floor of Arches National Park and its sweeping arches of Navajo sandstone. The cliff face is Wingate sandstone. For more explanation of Professor Valley and its geology, see here.