Eyal "forced" me to join him on a photography weekend with Mountains to Sea. Originally he was looking at one that was shooting at the beach but upon further consideration and investigation of the programs, we decided that a weekend in the mountains shooting waterfalls would be cooler in both the physical sense and the metaphorical sense.
I was nervous as we are leaving for a 2 week trip to the Baltic Sea in less than a week and there is always so much to do just before a big trip. I bit the bullet and signed up. Alistair and Tommy were amazing instructors and made me feel right at home even though I was the only women among a group of 12.
We got there this afternoon and hit the ground running. We went to 2 waterfalls today. The first, pictured above and below, was Eastatoe Falls. It's unique that it is located on private property and the owners graciously allow people to come right through their yard to visit.
From there we all piled in to our cars and headed over to Looking Glass Falls. It is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the state, mainly because it's right next to the road near town with a nice parking area and a viewing deck. By the time we got there it was already a little late and all out pictures came out with a blue tint. Thank goodness for LR5 as that is a pretty easy fix.
In all of these pictures, I bracketed and then touched up the over and under exposed areas, played with the contrast, clarity and saturation for a kind of dark, erie mood. I think getting up at 4 am on Saturday before I edited them may have had some influence on that.
If I'd had Photoshop Alistair and Tommy demonstrated how to stack the pictures and mask different parts for a clean picture throughout. Up to this point, I have been getting by with LR5 as PS is more for heavy editing and it was beyond my needs but now that I have been shown some basics I'm reconsidering upgrading to the entire Adobe Creative Cloud.
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