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.

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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. 🙂

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.

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.