Just so you know, this is my favorite waterfall in New Hampshire (that I've
seen so far), followed closely by Crystal Cascade.
It's not about high flow.
It's not about a spectacular plunge.
It's all about beauty.
This location is gorgeous. Seriously.
If you're in the area don't miss it.
Sabbaday Falls is located off of the
Kancamagus Highway 3.5 miles west of
where Bear Notch Road joins the highway. For a little better reference it
is roughly 17 miles west of Conway and 11 miles east of the Kancamagus Pass.
The waterfall is 0.3 miles upstream from the parking area. The path is
broad (an old road) and easy to follow. Elevation gain to the falls is
around 100 feet.
I had some great weather for photographing Sabbaday Falls, especially when
one considers that I was there midday. The sky was overcast and rain
threatened the entire time. In fact it did sprinkle on us as we hiked back
to the car - like I said great weather. To top it off ther air was still,
with very little wind at all.
This is an awesome waterfall for slow shutter speeds
and this naturally requires a good
A 28-70 zoom lens should work nicely here.
I would also recommend the use of a
polarizer to help slow the shutter speed
while at the same time cutting down on reflections. For example, the main
picture above without a polarizer would have had a shutter speed around 0.5
seconds instead of 2 seconds.
Composition is fairly straight forward. Not to brag, but I think the
best compositions can be seen in my photos. All you have to do is recreate
And it isn't hard. They were all taken on the trail.
For the upper falls, you might consider a longer lens. I used the end
of my zoom, 55 mm, and could have stood something more in the 70-100 range for a
Return to top of Sabbaday Falls
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