The Slides

Tonights I am posting one of my shots from a recent quick trip to Ohiopyle.  The photo is of the natural water slides.  During the hot summer this is a great attraction to the visitors of the park and a fun way to cool down quickly.

This was shot with a Nikon D7100.  This was part of a test run with the camera to start getting a feel for how the camera works in different lighting situations and with different colors.  So far I can say that I’m impressed with the color rendition and exposure of the camera.

Hope you enjoy!

The Slides

Signs of Spring

Recently I was able to get out and about with the photography group that I belong to and we took a trip to Ohiopyle State Park.  We stopped at the main falls then went to cucumber falls and then a quick stop to shoot a few wild flowers.  This was the first time I was able to get out for a while and I was really glad that I did.

Here are two photos of Cucumber Falls and two shots of Trilliums.

Spring Flowers Are Just Around the Corner

With the threat of 4 inches or more of snow.  I thought a quick look at a Spring flower was in order.  This is a Trillium that I photographed in Ohiopyle State Park.

I’m really getting tired of looking at old photos I can’t wait for the weather to break so I can get out and take some new photographs.

Spring Flower

The Majestic Waterfall

Where I live, I am lucky enough to have an amazing park just a few miles away.  The name of the park is Ohiopyle State Park.  If you have ever been there you will agree that it is a beautiful place.  There are several waterfalls, bike trails, hiking trails, and places to relax and enjoy the weather.  Todays photo is of the main falls, which at one time had a mill built on it where the local farmers could get their grain ground.

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Out for a Ride

As I sit here and glance over at the thermometer it currently reads 25 degrees and falling.  So continuing with the “I wish it was warmer” theme.  I’m posting a photo I took this past summer in Ohiopyle State Park.  For this shot I used a D300 and a fisheye lens.  I then made adjustments in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop.

So here’s to warmer weather, bicycle rides, and relaxing in the sun.

Out for a Ride

Water, Kayak, and Sun: Equal Fun

As I watched the snow fall and the wind blow today I thought back to the warm summer days, as I’m sure many do when faced with the bitter cold of winter.  So today I’m posting some photographs from a spot in Ohiopyle State Park along the Youghiogheny River.  The river runs through the heart of the park and people come from all over to kayak the section know as the lower Yough.  I spent one summer on the river working as a photographer taking photos of the rafters and kayakers.  And from time to time I’ll venture back to the old spot and take a few shots and enjoy a peaceful day in the park.

Hope this warms your bones if your in the dead of winter.

A Swift River

For tonights post I am showing you a photograph that I took last summer in the middle of the day in bright sunlight.  By stacking Neutral Density filters on top of one another I was able to get the exposure down to 35sec at f22 with 100 ISO.  This is a digital photo and I found with longer exposures and more filters I was getting a strange red cast to the photographs.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have ever experimented with this type of filter stacking before.

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A Vision of Black and White

For todays post I thought I would explore some of my older photos post some black and white conversions.  I’ve always been fascinated with black and white photography and have found that the absence of color makes me look deeper into the image.  Without color we have a tendency to see the detail that was always there and that, I think, is what makes black and white so fascinating.

Hope you enjoy the photos and feel free to let me know what you think.

Familiar but Different….

From time to time we revisit a familiar place and yet somehow it seem different than the way you remembered.  Recently I had a few hours to spare, which by the way never occurs, and I took a ride Ohiopyle State Park.  I have visited and photographed the water fall know as Cucumber Falls many times before and quite often I just go for a walk and don’t take any photos at all.

As photographers we are often faced with this dilemma of seeing the same subject over and over agin.  Often this causes me to not want to take a photo of this particular subject.  The question arises, “How do you make the Familiar Different?”, well my answer to the question is a very simple one.  Simply choose a  lens that you wouldn’t typically use and only photograph your subject with that single lens.  I will offer a suggestion here though, I would pick a lens that really doesn’t fit the subject.  In my case, at the ever so familiar Cucumber Falls, I chose to use a fisheye lens.

I guess that I’m trying to make myself see a familiar subject in a slightly different way.

Let me know what you think of the photographs.