There are numerous waterfalls in Alger County Michigan, also home of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
It’s an easy drive to Au Train Falls from Munising. The hike is about 5 minutes.
Much of the time there is so much water there is no formation at all to the falls.
That was the case when I photographed what I call the “Weeping Wall” at the base of road that takes you to the falls.
I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 42mm for 0.8 seconds at ISO 100.
There was light rain when I took that image in May. Numerous people were photographing the falls. I worked with this scene instead.
I went back to that location last Autumn and the water on the wall was but a trickle. The falls looked great with the reduced flow.
Au Train Falls
When the water is high you cannot see any of the rock ledges or even the drop off.
- Waterfalls photograph best on cloudy days.
- Leaves photograph best when wet. A polarizer enhances colors and removes glare.
- I use polarizers far more on cloudy days than sunny ones.
For an excellent example of point #2 please see the wet paint look of Zion National Park – Subway Trek Part Two – The Crack
As of July, I am no longer in the Midwest. We moved to Southern Utah, happy to be out of Illinois, but I will miss some of my favorite spots in the Midwest.
I took the above image last October.
More Michigan Upper Peninsula Images
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Elliot Falls Sunset.
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Late Spring Trilliums
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Sable Falls
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Chapel Falls in Autumn
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I will wrap up Michigan soon and then start posting images from the Southwest. Please stay tuned.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock