Life shouldn’t be all work and stock photographers need to take a break from the creation of “saleable” images sometimes! Yesterday I took a trip to Valley Falls State Park in “Wild and Wonderful West Virginia” with my local camera club – a place that is only 30 miles from my home, but I hadn’t known existed before this weekend! I’m not sure any of these shots are worth uploading to stock agencies, but I enjoyed a pleasant couple of hours in the fresh air trying to come up with interesting variations on the straight forward waterfall shots:
This one was taken with the Singh-Ray Gold ‘n’ Blue filter plus a variable neutral density filter as well to give me a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds. I did some traditional shots as well, but I really liked the abstract colors that you can get using this filter.
The focus on the log trapped in the rocks gives a nice focal point for these images I think, and so I lightened that area and gave it some extra clarity and sharpness. I added a lot of clarity to the bare trees in the background to make them a little more ghostly.
The waterfall is not normally like this, so I will definitely have to go back in more normal conditions – perhaps with some fall colors as well! For now, the images are just on Fine Art America – perhaps someone will think that they make a nice wall print!
So get out there and enjoy yourselves!