Flowering Step

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I owe my Cousin for spotting this little scene on some wooden steps in Wingfoot Lake Park, in Ohio.

I was so happy to break out my 18-55mm lens after having it sit in my camera bag forever more. It’s been a long time since I used it, but I’m still really happy to have it. I can pull out subtle and focus blur that I just love playing with.

Purple Flower

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This reminds me of a line in a song I really like, “A purple flower came to visit me and landed on my window.” by a rock band called Undercover, on their album Devotion.

This photograph is slightly older. I took this at Quail Hollow in Hartville, Ohio. I also used my awesome Tamron 90mm Macro. I love that macro lens. I saw they made a newer version of it that includes a silent motor housing or technology and image stabilization! Wow!

I’d love to get that new version. It’s so very very hard to get crisp photos from a macro lens without stabilization.

Three Sprouts

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I may have to start mixing-up the posting order of my photos, but my latest trip to The Gorge – Metro Parks in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio(USA) was the bulk of my journeys for the last two weeks.

I am planning some other excursions and trying to get in some other photos of architecture and people soon. There’s some interesting looking sites South of me for historical buildings and locations.

Mossy Log

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I think this photo is interesting because of the clear band of focus cutting through the middle. It’s a definitive area of focus and depth of field. In some ways, I would have like to try getting less blur in the foreground or bringing a larger area into focus, but I wanted that moss just so!

In actuality – if I could redo this shot, I might just pull back a bit and close the aperture some.

If you’re interested in seeing where the last handful of my photos came from, you can visit the Summit Metro Parks website for The Gorge. Specifically, I was on the Glens and Gorge trails. I will definitely be going back to scope out the Highbridge trail and returning in Fall and Winter to get different scenery.

Gorge on Nature

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So. This is it! My new favorite photo! Yep. I am so happy with this photo. My personal favorite photograph that I’ve ever taken, to date.

Like my other recent photographs, this one was taken at Cuyahoga Falls, The Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio(USA).

There’s a tiny, wooden bridge that takes you right over this scene on the lower trail at The Gorge, on the return trip.

I’m tempted to try a large print of this and frame it for my mother. 🙂

Rock Under Path

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My favorite aspect of this photo is the bright, sandy path contrasted against the dark, organic matter and wet mud under the rocky outcropping.

This was also taken at The Gorge in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. USA. I really enjoyed my visit there and am definitely going back. The terrain is so varied and there’s lots I’ve yet to see. I’m also greatly looking forward to visiting in the Fall and Winter months. I really want to find a place that I can get right down to water level.

Zen Some

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I was deep into the upper portion of The Gorge trail in Cuyahoga Falls’ Metro Park, when I came upon some rocks and fallen trees covered in moss.

This one, tiny scene stood out in my mind. It looks as though someone may have stacked the rocks – maybe they had the same thought I had from looking at it?

I would have much preferred using something to stabilize myself, but with the lens I had, the distance to the subject and the other conditions of the trail would have meant a rather long setup time without 100% insurance that I’d still get what I wanted.

I ended up kneeling on the rocks and dirt, scrunching myself up into a ball, twisting my head and trying to shake as little as possible.

Wise Old Tree

I debated with myself a long time whether to make the colors so washed out and vibrant, but in the end I felt it suited a magical, fairy tale look.

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Lots of debating with myself went into this photo. I still am unsure. It’s very bright, washed out and vibrant – maybe too much. In the end, I felt this was the best route to go, but, like I said, even right now, I’m still unsure if it was the best result. Something just doesn’t click with me.

My Cousin and I went on a photo excursion to Walborn Resevoir in Stark County, Ohio(USA). It was a relatively easy trail compared to the Cuyahoga trails we had hiked.

At one point we lost track of exactly where we were on the map and with no more signs we aimlessly wandered a bit. Eventually we came out from under the canopy of trees into a small “road” mowed-down between two rows of trees. It was something out of charming movies like Anne of Green Gables.

While deliberating on what to do, I stopped to look at the trees and felt this had so much character and was like an old wise-man of trees.

I finally just went with a bright, washed out look because it felt like it was a magical tree from Cinderella or some other fantasy world.

Tree Overload

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Disclaimer: I’m not really all that happy with the composition of my last photo or this one.

Two photos for the low, low price of FREE today. I was having too much fun playing with High Dynamic Range photographs for the very first time and this is my second attempt.

The composition on both of them just doesn’t say “Wow” to me, but I wanted to post them anyway. I’ll be able to look back and remember my first attempts at playing with HDR for the first time.

This was a rather easy photo to get as well. It was at the beginning of a much more relaxed hike at Walborn Resevoir in Stark County, Ohio.

Gorge HDR

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Firstly this really wasn’t at The Gorge, but on a neighbor trail called The Glens. This is also my first attempt at HDR(High Dynamic Range) photography.

Funny enough, I’m not happy with this photo, but not because of the HDR aspect. I just am not happy with the composition, which might have a little to do with me being frustrated over a tree blocking my initial preferred view.

My Cousin and I were joking over seeing some terrific spots to shoot but trees were in the way.  We said we’d need a chainsaw to clear a view and that’d be a bit funny because we’d be destroying nature to capture the beauty of nature.

And then I found this awesome rock outcropping but a big tree was smack-dab in the middle of where I wanted to shoot from.

If I’m not happy with it, why did I upload it? Well. I am always fairly and openly critical of my stuff, using terms like “I’m not happy with [this] or [that].” But it’s not a terrible photo. It also kind of marks an occasion – being my first HDR photo. So it saves it for posterity.