|Filling the Void|
The forecast for Saturday morning was calling for very low clouds, so I was actually hoping for some foggy effects, so I was thinking about woodland photography for the most part. Since the rain would probably prevent me from doing too much, I decided to stay close to home so that I could get in and get out quickly. The idea was to leave early in the morning before the heavy rain started and be back home before Sierra woke up. Well, that didn't work out well because when Toni left for work and woke me up, the rain was already here and I didn't feel like fighting the steady rain that early in the morning so I went back to sleep.
Sierra and I ended up going to a movie since doing anything outside was really out of the question at that point. However, on the way back, the rain was slacking off to a steady drizzle. I could deal with that in the woods, so I asked if she would like to go on a hike with me. She agreed, and I got my gear at home and headed out to the Piedmont Environmental Center located in Jamestown, NC. I've been here a handful of times as a photographer but have never really gotten anything that I particularly liked. I've tried to shoot various landscapes, but it is just so cluttered with undergrowth that photography is rather difficult.
|Tiptoe in the Woods|
We made our first stop along the lake where there were some bits of driftwood floating around the shore. I grabbed my camera and fitted the 70-200mm lens with no filters so I could have the benefit of the lens hood to keep the front element dry. If I found a need for the polarizer, I would add it later on for a particular shot. As it turned out, I really didn't need the filter because the glare from the rain soaked surfaces actually worked out for what I was going for.
As I was working on my first subject, Sierra made mention that there was a nice hollow branch floating to my right. I had seen it, and I thought it looked cool as well, but hadn't really considered how to photograph it yet. When I decided that my first subject wasn't really going to work out the way I had envisioned it, I moved over to her idea. I tried a couple of things that didn't really work. As a last resort, I thought about really getting in close on the parts that I found interesting and making that the composition. This actually worked and had a nice texture element to it as well as being slightly abstract. This actually turned into my favorite image from the day, and the decision was to leave it as a color composition.
|The Delicate Touch|
For the most part we enjoyed walking through the woods as I took some of the same trails that I did as a child years ago...many, many years ago. It was kind of nice to share that with Sierra, but she is a teenager, so for the most part I just wanted to toss her in the lake. Now, I'm not that mean, I did give her my jacket as she refused to dress for the weather conditions as I suggested. With that, I thought my karma score was evened up.
Of course, it seemed like every cool tree I came upon, there were initials carved in the wood. All I could do was shake my head. When I was hiking these trails as a kid I wasn't allowed to carve in the live trees. I could only put my initials in the benches and on the wooden bridges. It is a right of passage I guess, but it is something that I am not wild about as an adult.
|The Fiber of Life|