I am NOT a morning person. This is not a good attribute for a photographer. Good photographers get up early to catch sunrise. The light is gorgeous and the best spots for shooting aren't overrun with tourists. Getting up at 4am is not something my body would ever do on it's own but I did for my art. We hiked into the woods in the dark to get to Raven Rock Falls. That was fun. We only had 2 people go down but no equipment was lost. We arrived in time to catch the sun rise and left when it started to over expose the top of the falls. I realize that some may find these to be too dark. That was actually on purpose. It was my vision and the look I was going for. I tried a brighter and sharper version since it was the more traditional look but preferred this so I went with it.
From there we packed up and hiked back out. Once everyone found the way up to the road we headed off to Schoolhouse Falls. It was probably my least favorite of all the falls we shot this weekend but it was definitely different than any of the others. Part of the problem was that I didn't have my 24-70mm as it is still in the shop getting repaired and my 14-24mm was too short but my 70-200mm was too long. I did what I could but it wasn't great. On top of the wrong equipment, the light wasn't great. There was a drastic line across half of the background where I was battling a very large dynamic range. Here again, having Photoshop and merging 2 exposures probably could have helped but alas, that is not in my bag of tools yet.
At this point, the sun was too high for any more shooting so we went back to the hotel for a session on how to edit these suckers. I was definitely the least experienced in this as they were talking WAAAAAY over my head. Maybe some day I will be able to comprehend the jargon that was being slung around that room.
Once it was close enough to the golden hour, we headed back out to Grogan Falls. This time we had lost a member of our group. The early morning hike had been too much for Mike so we bid him farewell and on we went. This was a long hike. I think it was 3 miles round trip but I could be wrong. This was a cool one in that it had so many parts to it. The light was awesome since it was so well shaded. There were few hot spots and less editing for me.
We had time for one more so we hoofed it to Cedar Rock Falls which was on the same basic waterway. I think it may have been my favorite one of the weekend but that is a hard call. Again, the lighting here was great. There were so many fantastic angles I couldn't stop shooting.
After a long day, we headed back to town and had dinner at Quixote. I am normally not a Mexican food lover but I couldn't be the lone dissenter so I went along assuming I'd be able to find something. WOW! I was happily surprised. Quixote was not your typical Mexican place that has been Americanized. This was authentic Mexican food and it was delicious. Does anyone know of a place like that in this area? I'd love to add Mexican to the list of places I can go.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun