With Spring here, I've been spending most of my free time getting back into cycling for the season. However, I don't want to let my photography fall by the wayside as it has in the past, so with the roads too wet to go riding today, I decided that I would make much better use of my time by going out and hiking to take advantage of the heavily overcast day. I've been wanting to get back to South Mountain State Park for a few weeks now since I've only been there one other time several years ago. With conditions good for that location, I decided to make the two hour trip to go and spend some time around the rapids. There is also a very sizable waterfall in this park, but one that I've never been too fond of. There is not much character to it, and there is a viewing platform that really gets in the way of any workable composition. Another pitfall to this waterfall is that it is always pretty crowded in this park, and today was no different.
the rocks, leading into the distant trees. If nothing else, this was the shot that I came out here to get today.
After I was satisfied with the photograph, I packed everything up and continued on down the trail. I was looking for more than just water subjects, but the woods were just too complex and haphazard for me to get any good compositions out of the few interesting trees I found. I found that my best options were sticking with the water along the trails. It wasn't long before I found another little cutoff where there were two small waterfalls side by side. When I say small, I am talking about just a couple of feet high. They were small, but full of character, and well worth the time to put together some compositions.
|In the Groove|
|Off the Ledge|
This was only a couple of very small cascades hidden in the rather large creek, but after about 40 minutes or so, I was satisfied that I had done them justice. I pulled the camera apart and loaded the bag back up once again before continuing on my hike. I was getting close to the main waterfall, which I had no intention of photographing. However, there was a small one just before the stair climb to the main falls that I wanted to try photographing. When I approached it, I could see that the water was flowing very nicely over the rocks, and it looked quite like a promising picture. The problem that I had was there was a boardwalk right in front of it, that I could shoot from, but I wasn't able to get the framing quite right. I looked around to see if there was a way to get down in front of the boardwalk in order to capture the composition I wanted. There was just no safe way to get where I needed to be, and I wasn't quite willing to put myself in a position to fall in the water today. With several groups walking back from High Shoals Falls, I decided to let this particular waterfall go. There was going to be just too much work involved for not that big of a payoff in the end.
|Always in a Rush|
At the end of the day, I had shot 64 frames and was thinking that I might have about four good images. I was quite surprised when I ended up with six that I thought had strong merit. There will be a couple of new additions to the White Water Gallery Room.