A few days ago, I tried to take a Trek out to Hanging Rock to photograph some waterfalls. As luck would have it though, I got rained on and was unable to even pull the camera out of the bag. I came home, a victim of the weather. A couple of days later, I was finally able to photograph a waterfall, but it was not one of the ones I had intended at Hanging Rock...and I still got rained on. Today, the weather was looking promising for waterfall photography once again, so I decided to try the park once more.
When I arrived at the park, the clouds were starting to thin, but I was pretty sure that I could salvage the good light as the clouds would periodically cover the sun. I made quick work of the hike out to the Upper Cascades, and found the waterfall filled with families and pets. This just wouldn't work...not at all. I stuck around for a moment to see if any of them were looking like they would be leaving any time soon. When it became obvious that they were here for the long haul, I made my way back up the trail in search of other intimate scenes to work. The only place I found with promise was what was known as the "Rock Garden." There are some pretty large boulders that appear in the landscape, but there are quite a many trees around them, and the scene is rather cluttered. I figured that I might as well see what I could do since I was here and had my camera.
Once I was satisfied with the tree, I decided that the sky was clearing up too much for any further work on intimate landscapes. It was time to pack up and head on to another subject I had in mind. The other day, when I was driving by the park, I decided to come home the back way which took me by a barn I had photographed once before. It was still there, and looked like it was a little more visible now. Of course, the rain prevented me from stopping and working it, but that wasn't going to be a problem today. In fact, the clearing sky was going to be a great backdrop for this barn. That was going to be my next visit.
As the sun finally dropped beneath the trees, I decided it was time to call it a day. I packed up and headed home. I was very curious to see what I had captured from the day. As I was culling the images in the computer, I was satisfied with the ones from Hanging Rock, but when I saw the barn pictures, I was blown away. Everything just worked for that scene. Now it was time for the hard part, picking out which one I liked the best. I actually found two that were very similar that I liked. Of those, I had Toni pick her favorite one. The one that appeared above was her pick.
As I was editing the photograph, I was very excited about the sky, and thought that it would do well with a monochrome conversion, using a red filter. When I started to do the conversion, the photograph was literally transformed. I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw it. It was a whole different image with that conversion.
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