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.

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.

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.