Our millions of followers surely noticed that I didn’t post a photo last week. We took time for ourselves with a few contact free days in Hocking Hills. Contact free meant no internet & email, no phone. Elesa didn’t see another human except from a great distance. We sat by the fireplace and read. I saw a person when I picked up our carryout meals from restaurant at the Inn where we stayed. I hiked a few nearby trails. On the trails, there were very few fellow hikers, and they were usually at a distance. Hocking Hills is one of those places we like to visit to “get away.” It is about a 2 1/2 hr drive and in a perfect world we’d like to visit once every season during the year. Nothing is perfect, so we make it there when we can, which is averaging probably just less than one time a year. This was our first winter visit.
Regarding time. First it goes too fast (even if 2020 seemed to last forever). Second, photography is sometimes described as capturing an “instant in time.” On that, I beg to differ. Blurred waterfall photos are often described as cliché. They certainly take more than an “instant.” I do think they are a cliché of sorts. However, I think the concept of, and then mastering the execution of, blurring motion is critical to understanding the role of time in photography. The whiteness of the water and the tendency for waterfalls to be in valleys or shade, forces the photographer to really work at getting an exposure and using a technique that allows for the water have texture beyond a white blob, while also bringing out the texture and structure of the much darker surrounding rocks and environment. Here is one of my efforts from our recent trip.
Cedar Falls – Hocking Hills, Ohio