The ball dropped late last night and we somehow made it through 2017. Before all of that took place, I went out in the frigid cold with a backpack full of camera gear and did some light hiking. With a fresh snow fallen, the trails were beautiful and the sights were snow covered.
The weather was cloudy with chances of rain, but that didn’t dissuade me from loading up my mountain bike and a backpack full of camera kit and heading out into the woods. Wanting to spend as much time pedaling as photographing, I opted to drive to the Jonathan Run trailhead in Ohiopyle. This trail is about a mile and a half long and runs to the main biking trail. Almost to the main trail, another trail branches off called Sugar Run. Both of these trails are mostly nice singletrack with some sprinkling of technical rocky sections, some nice flowy up and downs along with a few climbing sections. The scenery is top notch and there was no one around. I saw a single group of hikers all 3 hours I was on the trail.
Since we’ve had some rain the past few days and I was in the woods, the camera and tripod came along for the ride. I brought only a prime lens kit which consisted of a 12mm, 23mm, 35mm and my 56mm. The most used was my 12mm and 56mm. Having only primes was a nice change of pace and made me think more about the shots I wanted and the angles. I brought a variable neutral density filter and a circular polarizer as well to help with the colors and exposure times. All in all, it was a great morning of riding and picture taking.
Anyone that views my posts will notice that I’m a sucker for smooth waterfall photos. Anytime I see flowing water, I want to break out a tripod, screw an ND filter on my lens and slow that shutter speed way down. It may be cliche, it may be done to death, but a well composed waterfall shot with creamy water is just so tranquil and pleasing to look at. Below are my favorites that I’ve taken (no promises on the ‘well composed’ part) broken down by location.
This has to start of course with my favorite local hiking place, Ohiopyle State Park. I go there often since it’s a short distance away and offers so much variety. Between the colors in Autumn, the freeze in Winter, the flooding in Spring and the complete foliage in Summer, it always a bit different every time I go. First we have Ohiopyle in the Winter, since that is what we are experiencing now.
The latest winter storm is now finished and we are now buried in snow. We are used to getting snow, but 20+ inches overnight is a bit excessive for us. I spent yesterday shoveling snow and then sled riding with the family, but today I left the house early and headed to my favorite spot, Ohiopyle State Park. Even though I go there quite often, things are always a bit different, especially with multiple feet of snow. My first spot was Cucumber Falls to try and get there before it got crowded.