Kayaking the Yough

Where I’m from there is a local river by the name of Youghiogheny.  As you can guess this has been shortened to Yough (“Yok”).  And if you have spent any time in the mountains of my area you no doubt have visited Ohiopyle, Pa.  The river that runs through the little town of Ohiopyle is none other than the Yough.  The areas that we use the most are either the “Middle Yough” or the “Lower Yough.”  The “middle” section works well for a lazy float down stream for the family.  The “Lower” section has a bit more, shall we say, excitement.

Years ago I worked in Ohiopyle as a photographer taking photos on the middle Yough of those that took the rafting trips.  Not to date myself but this was before digital cameras.  I always enjoyed capturing the action and the expressions on the faces of the people as they made their way through a small rapid.  But the fun place to be is on the lower Yough at what is referred to as the entry rapids on the “Loop”.  The photo graphs below were all taken this past Saturday while I was out enjoying the weather.

Hope you enjoy!

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.

Working Up a Sweat

Tonight my post is of a flower that just looked like it was working hard.  I thought the water droplets and flush colors made it look as though it had just finished a tough workout and was ready for a cool drink.

Working up a Sweat

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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Waiting

Tonight post is a single image of a group of boats that I found just sitting there waiting to be taken out for a ride.  I often look for patterns or repeating shapes to photograph.  This image has a repeating pattern that takes you into the photo.  I chose to present this image in black and white as I felt that color was distracting to the overall mood of the photo.

Tied Up

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 Walk Through the Garden….

Recently I had a little free time and decided to stop by the outdoor gardens at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The inside always proves to have great flowers, patterns, and details to photograph.  In my opinion the outside has some very interesting things to photograph as well.  Included are just a few shots from the walk but I think I was able to come up with a few interesting photos.

If you in the area I would recommend stopping by and taking a walk around the outside of the building.  The best part is that there is no charge to visit the outside gardens.