With my recent schedule at work lately, I have been racking up some overtime, and have been needing to burn some hours. As it turned out, I had the opportunity to take a half a day off today, and got my work done in time to take advantage of that. Before going in, I checked out the weather to see if there might be a chance of doing some photography during the afternoon. With mostly cloudy conditions, and a chance of rain, I was all set to go and do some waterfalls.
One of the closer waterfalls to me is not one that I have photographed all that often. It is in Yadkin County off of Styers Mill Rd. It is a really big waterfall for the Piedmont, and it can be rather pretty at times. The problem that I have with it is the vandalism along the sides of the falls. Years ago when I went there, there was spray paint on both sides of the falls which was very, very difficult to clone out in post processing. Because of the paint, it is very hard to make a satisfactory image of the whole waterfall. However, I'm starting to look into doing some more intimate shots of waterfalls these days, and wanting some practice at isolating specific elements of the falls. With the dry days that we have had recently, I figured this might be a good time to try this waterfall again. My intention was to work only with my 70-200mm lens, and keep the shutter speeds relatively quick for waterfall work. I wanted more detail in the cascades.
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It wasn't long after I started to make exposures that the clouds started to break up. I could tell that the sun was causing some major exposure problems in the water when I was checking the review image in the LCD on the camera. I was starting to get large areas of blown out detail which I didn't want. I needed to be able to capture all of the nuances of the cascading water to make these images work.
I started driving around and found the sky to be wonderful, but the clouds were quickly breaking up, and it seemed that in order to follow the the clouds, and good light, I was going to have to work my way back East. I was headed that way, and happened to pass by an old Pontiac I had photographed several years ago. I've been wanting to work this old car again, but have been a little hesitant since I have seen signs of life on the property. Since it was the middle of the day, I felt that if anyone lived there, I would have a decent chance of catching them at home to ask permission to photograph the car.
When I got there, the corn had all been harvested, and the car that was parked in the yard had not been moved in some time. I could see no signs of occupancy, so I decided to take my chances and grab the camera. I started out with the 70-200mm lens, but found that I was not able to get the compositions I was thinking I would with that much reach. I stepped down to my 24-70mm which is a very flexible lens, and it allowed me to get up close to the car from several different angles.
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When I was finished working with the Pontiac, I found that the sky was pretty much awash with blue, and the wind was really picking up. I decided to head toward the house, and scout any other subjects I might could come back for at a later time. I found a few, but none would work in the current lighting, so I just made mental notes, and called it a day.
It wasn't until I opened up the images in the computer that I saw that the RAW files actually looked better than I had thought they would. It is very hard to judge a picture from checking the LCD, which is why I mainly just look at the histogram to make sure I haven't lost any tonality in the image. They looked good from this objective measure, but the subjective measure had to wait until I could see them outside of the sun. I was pleased, but was really wanting to do more with waterfalls today. Oh well, I'll get them next time.