Blackwater Falls Winter Wonderland Workshop


Good morning,

Tamron Image Master Ed Heaton here, sharing an image and few insights from my Winter Wonderland Workshop this past weekend.

As we drove to our location of Blackwater Falls State Park, located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, West Virginia I noticed the clouds starting to thicken. The forecast was 3 to 5 inches of fresh snow which was perfect for a winter workshop. With a good 4 inches of snow already on the ground the fresh snow would turn the hemlocks into a snow lover’s paradise.

The workshop started with a welcome gathering, logistics and heavy snow showers. We then, headed out with hope of capturing a dramatic sunset but with all weather related events we are at Mother Nature’s mercy so we can only hope for the best. I knew with the thickening clouds and heavy snow showers we would be hard pressed to get any glimmer of the setting sun or dramatic light for that matter.

Sometime you have to shift gears and use what Mother Nature gives you. Here, I found the Hemlock trees incredibly gorgeous with a coating of fresh snow creating a picture perfect image.


  • Exposure – 0.7 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO 64
  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD @ 85mm
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Lexar 1066x CF Card
  • Nik Software Suite
  • Athentech Perfectly Clear
  • BlackRapid Yeti Strap
  • Storm Jacket Rain Cover

Best of Light,