Today was the last day of my Letchworth State Park Photo Tour and “Something in every direction” are a few words that aptly describe our four days together.
The week prior was nothing but sunshine, however the tour would begin with fog, throw-in some rain, mix it up with a little wind and ultimately wrap the whole week in bright blue skies. Something in every direction. We shot the sunrise without the sun” on day one and followed up with a repeat performance the evening of the same day.
In between we sought out wildflowers, scaled the steep hills of the gorge to point our cameras at a waterfalls unlikely to have been the subject of many photographers and so our week would go. Up at 4:15 each morning, settling for a late sandwich before wrapping up our days long after dark had settled on the park, our days were long but filled with photography of this 17 mile long state park.
There were plenty of opportunities to experiment with hdr, compare these images to those captured using split neutral density filters, play with creative use of depth of field, discover the importance of eliminating elements in the scene that didn’t contribute to our images, studied lines, textures, reflections and much more.
All in all, a busy four days. I think everyone went home tired but having fed their passion for nature photography.