Quite an adventure today. I started off in the backyard with some risky film (only roll I had left) and took a trip to Jefferson National Park where I began experimenting with different settings and running water. My overall goal for the day was to focus properly, capture running water at a complete stop-in-motion, and just shoot the good half of the roll I had messed up fiddling with my camera.
Note: All frames were overexposed (in theory) whether it was due to my new-to-me camera or lack of experience. These uploads are presented without edit for posterity.
My first stop was the side of the road, looking down a man-made divide in the forest due to light poles.
On the walk back I saw a speed limit sign and immediately thought, "I can't go...FIFTY-FIVE!" I actually went about 35-45 mph all day, so yeah. Then I found a "Fine Art Gallery" where I met an artist who designs, creates, and paints signs all over the area. He's done the welcome signs for many towns and even municipalities. He told me of a lighthouse his brother built in, wait for it, West Virginia! (There's no ocean in WV, it's the only lighthouse because of that, duh!). I’m definitely going to make a trip to WV just to see this for myself!
After driving for a while, with a couple landscape opportunities along the way, I came upon an access trail for Jefferson National Forest. Of course, you know I had to pull in despite the warnings it wasn’t safe for passenger vehicles. Side-note: I love my Chevy 4x4 :)
Continuing with a different trail I came upon Dry Run Creek. Let me assure you, this was not a dry running creek. This shot was the first that required me to lay down in the snow. Notice how clear the rocks and the leaning tree came out. Nice and sharp even though the picture is ruined by overexposure (remember I said the whole roll shot overexposed?). The second photo here is a close-up of a different section of the creek. It’s so overexposed (and no polarized filter to reduce glare) that I can hardly tell if I got the focus correct or not. I think it’s off a bit.
Thanks to the hiking boots my mother gave me for Christmas I was able to come out without falling or tripping—that and, of course, my wonderfully marvelous equilibrium. ;-) That’s when I found a patch of moss on some rocks. Upon closer inspection I decided this was no ordinary moss and decided to bust out my Vivitar 28mm Wide Angle MC lens and go in—hard.
My viewfinder was focused slightly off center due to poor depth of field or zoom, but my objective was to capture both patches of moss with clarity. The lens was not quite as powerful as I would have liked. I narrowed the depth of field so much trying to focus that I lost some detail. In either case, it was probably one of my most interesting shots of the day. The fact the colors came out better than the rest make it one of my favorites. It didn’t turn out that great, edges of the moss are blurry and the stick in the middle as well, but it still came out interesting and that’s what made it fun.
I kept going and found a small country store full of various knick-knacks and homemade crafts that was setup behind this older couple’s home. I got to look around and even befriend a boxer named Harley (such a sweet dog). Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera on me and didn’t get any doggy photos. For shame!
It didn’t take long before I found myself getting hungry so I pulled into a small diner in the middle of nowhere. The cheeseburger was great, slaw and chili a must. But before I could leave I just had to climb in the back of my truck, stand on the toolbox, and shoot a picture of the fog rolling in over the mountain range. Behind the fog you can see, here and there, small peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After shooting all morning and having lunch I decided to head home, but not without a couple landscape opportunities. At home, my border collie whom I adore so much was anxiously awaiting his lunch. So after feeding and walking him it was time to head to the local photo processing center—otherwise known as the local drugstore. That’s when I decided to stop by just one more creek on my way. I got down on the bank and sat down on a huge rock. This, of course, allowed me to slide sideways into the rushing water. Needless to say I was soaking wet above the ankles, but I got my shot.
Oh, how I wish these were not overexposed. Perhaps I’ll touch them up and see if I can balance the color and exposure with some image editing software. But for now, this is what I got and what I did with my morning—and the fun-factor made it all worthwhile!
Do you enjoy pictures and photographs as much as I do? What did you do with your morning?
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