To give you an idea of scale the falls is very close to 7.0ft high. and that’s about 3.0ft across the top. The double falls starts with 2 upflow filter boxes and we are moving about 4800 gallons per hour. The hardest part was getting the weir stones to break the water into a very uneven pattern. The owners(photographers) were insistent on the falls line being broken apart. Why? . . . you ask . . . good question.
The explanation to me was a straight clean falls created too strong of a horizontal line in the photographs, literally cutting the pictures into distinct sections. I was told this is a very bad thing in portrait photography . . . a very bad thing. I remember thinking-how interesting! After all this time building waterfeature . . . “Now this was interesting because of the uniqueness of the request”.
The typical homeowner is always looking/asking/begging for the sheet falls look, that clean straight horizontal line and I am advocating against that look. My reasoning was/is/always will be . . . the sheet falls creates a white noise that becomes too much of a predictable background noise. A droning white noise . . . snoresville.
A man-made weir where there is no sheet creates what I like to call a non-discernible rhythm of sound. Sounds like these always stay interesting because the observer/listener inability to pick up a pattern. No straight line weir means the waterfall is always splashing, trickling, crashing, dancing, falling in such a way that it’s impossible to pick out a pattern to the noise created by the falls. Viola! always interesting.
Addendum: My goal is to try and create a waterfeature that looks naturalistic/natural (not man-made). This means there are no lights in the water. I have yet to be anywhere in the natural World and see lighting in a pond, stream, waterfalls. If the waterfeature is built in any other style of modern, or fountains, or pools I am the 1st to advocate lighting.