|A Lonely Bench|
Well, I had been out several times lately with my camera without any success. I was really wanting to get some new images added to my gallery, so I kept thinking of places to go. While working my strange schedule, I was trying to come up with some ideas of places to go, but nothing really popped out at me. My goal here of late has been to find some old cars to photograph, but I just wasn't feeling like doing that today. Instead, I was kind of craving the solitude of a hike in the woods. After a lot of internal debate, I decided that Stone Mountain would be my destination. If nothing else, I would have my choice of subjects depending on the conditions. There was everything from waterfalls, to grand landscapes, to intimate landscapes, with a few rustic subjects mixed in for good measure.
After work, I set course to the West and found myself at Stone Mountain before lunch time. The conditions were perfect for some intimate landscapes, and I was please to see that there was still a lot of snow on the ground. I quickly decided that my best bet would be to take the low level trails that would lead to the Stone Mountain Falls. I wasn't interested in photographing the waterfall, but I knew that there should be plenty of subject matter along that trail.
|Winter's Failing Grip|
|A Slippery Climb|
|A Place to Rest|
In fact, I was having so much fun with this bridge, when I came upon the next one, I automatically started looking at it for a composition. From a distance, it didn't look all that exciting. However, once I got up close to it, I found something that made this bridge pop.
|Behind the Curtain|
At the end of the day, I had shot 63 frames in about 5 hours. I was optimistically expecting to have about six keepers out of that when I was finished editing. To my surprise, I ended up with eight photographs that I was happy enough with to keep. After a week of less than stellar conditions for my camera, I was starting to wonder if I was losing my touch. It was very nice to be able to get out and really concentrate on creating photographs again, and make them work out as well as they did. I guess in the long run, getting up at 12:30 this morning wasn't a bad thing after all.