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.

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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.