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.

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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.

Ivy Fence

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Another shot taken at Wingfoot Lake State Park near Suffield, Ohio – home of the Goodyear Blimp!

This guy was seemingly growing out of a tiny corner above a steep bank between the water and a pavilion. This white picket fence had a lot of character and I loved how this more basic shot came out. I played for a long time with other shots and lighting to try to go for something more unique and “awe-inspiring”, but in the end I think I was just trying to hard. This simpler shot is the right shot – I think.

I’ve been trying to stay aware of when I might be trying too hard as I grow in my photography. It’s still such a personal thing for me, but I also realize the more I do it, the more I go out with other people, deal with time-frames and other limitations. I want to keep everything in balance.

Festival Food

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Here’s another photograph to break up the stream of nature photos, before I get back to them. I recently went on another excursion to a terrific place seemingly hidden in the middle of a city and got some terrific shots of rock formations, waterscapes and more.

Black and white photography is something I love so much. I don’t do it nearly as much as I should, either. I love the almost negative-space-like quality surrounding the subject matter, but still having plenty of shades and depth.

French Waffles

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There’s a small, but charming and tightly-knit community festival in North Canton, Ohio. It feels so friendly and nice, like a large family that really gets along well together.

I was ill-prepared, but had my trusty 50mm lens with me and took some photos as the sun had all but receded from view.

I wanted a tight shot of this vendor and his cart. My aim was to show some culture in a very simple shot.

It’s at once comical – generic in a world filled with so many brand-names and advertising, shows hints of culture and manages to have some timeless depth to it(I think).

It’s also something to break-up the nature photography of late.

Muck Farm

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Muck (also known as Black Soil) is a soil from drained swamplands made up of Humus. There aren’t many Muck Farms in the United States and likely won’t be anymore, because of wildlife conservation.

Muck is denser and can retain more nutrients and moisture. Humus is actually a material not fully understood. It’s different than organic matter – it can be almost like a jelly or spongy substance and stay that way for a long, long, LONG time – over a thousand years!

I had a couple other shots showing more contrast between the soil and vegetables, but I went with this one, because I really like the perspective.

I’m still deciding whether to crop-out the distant horizon-line and trees, or just leave it.