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Entries in Autumn (11)
The good thing about the oilfield is that you are outside all the time and you can catch some pretty amazing stuff that you would never seen stuck in an office. When I was in the field in October, I arrived pretty early on the wellsite and saw a great sunrise erupting in the sky. Well this shot made me happy as I missed all of the fall colors this season in northern PA!
Ok I admit it. After just one non-waterfall post, I'm back at it again. Pennsylvania has an abundant supply of surface water and a very hilly topography. Add that together and you can find lots of waterfalls in the state. I have visited Ohiopyle State park several times this year and I find something new each time. Ohiopyle is thought to have been derived from the American Indian word ohiopehhla which means white frothy water.
On a recent trip to see the amazing fall colours of Pennsylvania, we stopped at a great restaurant called Out of the Fire Cafe in Donegal, PA. They have great smoked salmon entrees and amazing wild mushroom soup. I noticed these three trees by the parking lot and I couldn't help but feel lucky with the find. The fir, maple and the gnarled oak show the reality of autumn. Some stay green, some show brilliant colours and some just turn out to look gnarly!
Maybe I am boring you with the recent waterfall posts, so this is the last one. 7 images blended together with Nik HDR Efex Pro (I love it!). I used a polarizer to pop the colors and cut the glare on the water. No saturation kick in Photoshop needed!
Here are two perspectives from a waterfall cascade that I found in Northern Pennslyvania. I was knee deep in water to get a good view, but I sure think it was worth it. Its called Miners Run Falls and its located in Loyalsock State Forest
This weekend was awesome! I had made a good commitment to get some great photos over the Columbus Day weekend. I ventured up to McConnell Mills State Park again and I took an early morning hike to Hell's Hollow trail. I have seen some great pictures of the trail and the waterfalls on the web, so I figured I'd check out the fall foliage. I was quite surprised to see that even though it is fall, there was still water of the Hells Run Creek flowing over the rock features. Well this was my favourite one of the morning. I used a 5 stop Neutral Density filter to get a 45 second exposure at f/5.6 and my trusty warming polarizer to cut the glare on the rocks.
Today I took a trip to one of the nearby Pennsylvanian State Parks near Pittsburgh. The Fall foliage is slowly developing so I wanted to do some scouting of the area for some great scenes. I visited McConnell's Mill State Park north of Pittsburgh,PA. The Slippery Rock Creek Gorge is the cause for the attraction as it brings lots kayakers to the area. So I liked the way the yellow leaves, flowing water and red fallen leaves all come together. I used a 5-stop Neutral Density filter to obtain a 5 second exposure at f/8 and a warming polarizer to make the colors pop and cut the glare on the water.