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.

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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. 🙂

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.

Deciduous Forest

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Another great location in Quail Hollow State Park, Ohio. These are deciduous trees. They lose their leaves during part of the year. We most-commonly see this in Fall, when leaves change color and fall from the branches, but this is late August.

Some trees actually lose their leaves during warm or dry seasons to conserve water. You can read more at the Quail Hollow State Park site.

This forest was man-made; the trees were purposefully planted in long rows, many years ago.

Rock Path

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I love focus, blur and Bokeh. I love to get close to things as well. I love picking on detail or parts of things – whether that be goggles wrapped around someones hat, their painted nails, shoes or the wheel of a car, I love details like that.

My favorite aspect of this is how the light fades toward the background. This is a tiny rock path along a bike trail at Quail Hollow in Ohio.

The path runs all around through the woods, but there are places where the sun peeks through and this was one such spot.

It created a nice gradient from light to dark that I love. I also decided I like the grass that really pops with bright vividness. I love how it contrasts with the browns!

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