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Playing with shutter speed & filter

The dam at McConnells Mill

10.08.2017

McConnells Mill is one of my favorite state parks to visit any time of the year. I can visualize my next photo and know exactly what I want to capture. This morning I wanted to use my variable neutral density filter. I moved it to pretty dark (maybe 8 or 9) so that I could leave the shutter opened longer, 30 seconds for this exposure. That’s how I can get the smooth, swirling water flow. It’s just something fun to photograph.

I’ll post more from this morning’s shoot this week. But for now, enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week.

~ melissa michelle

My favorite season coming up

McConnells Mill State Park

09.10.2017

I’m looking forward to fall. The heat of summer dissipates, the morning dew lies heavy on the ground, and the light of day is shorter. It’s my favorite season. Nature explodes with color and shows off her beauty for all to admire and enjoy.

As I have stated here before, don’t forget to look around every so often. Take a deep breath and soak it all in. The show is only around for a short time!

~ melissa michelle

Another waterfall . . . .

Small waterfall in Yellowstone

08.16.2017

As we were leaving Yellowstone on our trip there last month, I noticed this small waterfall so we pulled over and I quickly captured it. I loved the tiered rocks and slow water trickling down. Waterfalls are fun to photograph.

Even though I was just on that long trip in early July, I’m looking forward to my next adventure and hitting the road again soon. My Mom and I were just talking about that today – us kids got the traveling bug on the open road from my Dad. I’m glad he gave that to me. I feel the urge again to get out there, leave life behind for a few moments and see our great big world.

But for now, I’ll keep processing photos from my recent trips and sharing them here.

~ melissa michelle

Another waterfall

Hells Hollow

06.25.2017

It was good to be back in nature today. I’m still healing from my fall on Memorial Day so I took an easy, flat walk to Hells Hollow. I used an ND filter, 2 second exposure, -5 exposure compensation. I snapped this one as soon as the sun was hidden by some clouds which allowed me to leave the shutter open longer!

I’m excited about an upcoming long road trip and can’t wait to share more photos with you! There will be more waterfalls and hopefully some wildlife!

Until then, be careful out there! But be fearless too!

~ melissa michelle

Stress break for your viewing pleasure

Alpha Pass

06.04.2017

I was going back through some photos and found this one I took at Alpha Pass in McConnells Mill State Park on April 29. Sometimes when I go back to look through photos I find treasures! This is one, I think. I often struggle with the lighting at this waterfall because at the top it’s usually very bright but darker at the bottom.

I wasn’t able to get out this weekend because on Memorial Day I fell hiking and hurt my hip and tailbone. I took it easy this past week in order to heal quickly (I hope).

Maybe next weekend I’ll get back out there with the camera – I’m missing it! But for now, enjoy the peacefulness of this waterfall.

~ melissa michelle

 

Freedom

Hells Hollow

05,28.2017

I had the pleasure of the morning outside in nature enjoying beautiful weather and wonderful scenery. Nature was at her best this morning, showing off her beauty for me to photograph. I took this photo on my way to Hells Hollow at McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville, PA. I love watching the water flow over the rocks, slowing the shutter to capture all of it.

Take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to remember those who sacrificed everything so that we have the freedom to travel this great nation of ours taking photos and posting our opinions freely.

~ melissa michelle

One of those days

Long shutter at McConnells Mill

03.05.2017

I took this photo back on December 26, 2014. My beau had given me a new camera for Christmas and so I was out the day after to give it a workout. This is a favorite photo of mine which I took at McConnells Mill.

I didn’t get out this weekend to take photos. For one, it was too cold. Secondly, I just needed to rest this weekend. I’ve been pushing really hard lately and am a little stressed. This photo relaxes me and reminds me of a great day out with my camera.

So yesterday and today it’s all good to just relax and not do too much. I guess a person needs to do that every so often. I feel lazy and like I’m wasting time. But as long as I don’t do it every weekend I think it’s okay.

Take care and relax.

~ melissa michelle

Another waterfall

Leesburg Falls, PA

02.25.2017

After a meeting with other photographers today, I was able to go out to this waterfall with another photog. It was fun to see other perspectives of how someone else viewed the falls. She got some good shots too! This is one photo I took – I’m not exactly happy with the results. I didn’t want to be in that spot, meaning the water was too high for me to be closer at ground level. The photo was taken from a rather large rock , which was at the top of the falls looking down. Not a very good perspective but it was the best I could do.

It was just fun to be outside, in the freezing cold, after it was 70 degrees just a day ago! My point is that I was outside in nature, my favorite place to be. Although I cannot wait for the weather to stay warm, it was still good to be out.

So get out there an enjoy nature whatever she may offer.

~ melissa michelle

Enjoying nature’s beauty

Alpha Pass at McConnells Mill

02.19.2017

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day . . . . Love that song and love that today was so nice that I could get outside and enjoy mother nature. She sure was lovely.

I’m pretty proud of this photo – except for cropping the edges, this is how I took the photo. No Photoshop used to correct color or anything. I exposed for about 3 seconds and used a polarizer on the lens.

Nature is beautiful on her own. We don’t need to improve upon it; she puts on a good show. I’m so looking forward to Spring and can’t wait for all her colors to appear again. Get out there and enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Cold but beautiful

Winter at McConnells Mill

01.25.2017

I couldn’t sleep last night. Nothing was wrong. I just couldn’t fall asleep. Eventually I got maybe 4 hours before getting up and taking the dogs for a walk. It was a cool morning, in the mid-20s, but no wind so calm and kind of beautiful.

I decided I needed to be out in nature . . . it helps to get myself righted. I headed to the mill and was awe struck by the massive amount of water flowing over the dam. But along the water was this branch with ice crystals hanging down. It looked beautiful but menacing! And, cool at the same time!

No words of wisdom today. I just wanted to share the photo with you. Have a wonderful week!

~ melissa michelle