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How many do you see?

Great Falls National Park, VA


When I took this photo I knew there were a few great blue herons . . . . But do you see all of them? Let me know how many you see in the comments.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~ melissa michelle

Great Falls National Park, VA USA

Great Falls, VA


Last weekend I visited Great Falls National Park in Virginia. It was raining on the way there; however, upon arriving the rain stopped and I was able to get the camera out for a little while. It was an awesome shoot with the great blue herons. I almost forgot I was there to photograph the waterfalls!

Here’s one of the photos I took. I hope to get to more later and post them soon. I still haven’t processed all the photos from Cabo yet . . . I’ll get there.

Today I spent time hiking with a friend of mine. But before the hike and the rain, I took some more photos. I make time for what’s important. Do you?

~ melissa michelle

More waterfalls

Frozen waterfall


I went back to Leesburg Falls in Grove City, PA this afternoon. I just had to try out my new lens! It was amazing! I loved the wide angle and clear focus. It was fun playing with it. I hope to get it out a lot over the coming months.

I have an awesome trip coming up – I’m hoping to take photos of sunrises, sunsets, and great landscapes. I’m so excited! Stay tuned!

I’ll share more photos from today’s shoot throughout the week!

Have a great week!

~ melissa michelle

Another waterfall

Leesburg Falls 03.05.2017


So if you read yesterday’s post I said I wasn’t able to get outside. Then there was an invite to members of the photo club to meet up at this waterfall. Getting outside with my camera always makes me feel better so I headed out. It was a real treat to be out with another photographer, as I’m usually by myself (unless my beau takes me on a trip).

There is so much going on in this photo – but my favorite is the swirling water in the foreground. How cool is that! I left the shutter open for 3.2 seconds to get that effect.

And for the first time ever, I submitted this photo to the local news station to use on their broadcast. Someone encouraged me to do it and I was flattered they thought the photo was good enough. I don’t know if it will be used but at least I tried. This was a step outside my comfort zone for sure!

Anyway, I just wanted to share that with all of you. I also want to tell you that I just purchased a new lens which I’m seriously excited about and I can’t wait to use it soon! It’s more for landscapes and of course, waterfalls.

Have a great week!

~ melissa michelle

Special effects by nature

Freedom Falls - spirals

Freedom Falls – spirals


It was a fun morning at Freedom Falls in Rockland PA. I’ve never been to this waterfall before. It was pretty cool . . .  once we traversed the steep decent down a rocky, muddy hill. It wasn’t too bad, just needed to be careful.

I left the shutter opened for 30 seconds in order to catch the swirl of the leaves. This slight motion showed up as a pretty awesome effect. I’ve always wanted to capture swirls in water – it was a bonus the leaves were there to add to the effect.

It was raining upon leaving for this little adventure, ending up on a dirt, muddy road. The heavy cloud cover allowed the longer exposure to enhance the photo.

So I encourage everyone to go some place you’ve never been to before – you never know how it might turn out!

~ melissa michelle


Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Watkins Glen State Park, NY


I’m still going through photos from my vacation. Yes, I took many, many photos! Here’s another one from Watkins Glen State Park in New York.

I remember when I was first starting out in photography, I had not idea how to capture such a photo – using a slower shutter, a tri-pod, white balance, etc. I started reading a lot of articles and writing down suggested settings to capture the shots I wanted. I’ve learned a lot and I keep learning from other photographers to perfect my photos. It’s amazing how passionate I’ve become about photography.

I hope that my readers also have hobbies they are passionate about and take time to develop and pursue them!

~ melissa michelle


Getting photos out there


Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park



Just a quick note today . . . . Above is a photo of the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park in NY. I used a zoom lens to get closer to the falls but still keep a lot in the photo.

I’m still going through all my photos from vacation. There are some gems I’ve discovered and will post soon.

I have also opened an account on 500px. This is a website for elite photos, the best of the best. I finally had enough confidence to post some photos there to see if other photographers also think I’m good enough . . . . and they do! I’ve had some really positive feedback there and hope to soon start selling photos there for stock.

I’m also looking into starting an account on Pinterest and Instagram. I’m hoping this will get me more exposure as a photographer.

One other thing I’m kicking around is to sell photo calendars for the public. I haven’t really done this for several years. But I’m thinking it’s a good time to kick these off again. I’ll post more information about this soon.

Make it a good week people! And thanks to all of you who visit my page and accounts online! I sincerely appreciate it and the comments you leave for me.

~ melissa michelle


Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, NY

Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, NY


I really enjoy photographing waterfalls. This photo is one from Letchworth State Park in New York. I stopped there on my way back from New Hampshire a few weeks ago. It was a cloudy day which helps my photography. I don’t always get the settings right when the sun is so bright and harsh.

No words of wisdom today. I just wanted to share this photo with all of you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love photography and sharing it with others. I get to show people places that don’t get to visit or didn’t know about. It’s fun to do that.

~ melissa michelle

Taking a photo versus making a photo

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Watkins Glen State Park, NY


While photographing at Watkins Glen State Park, NY a few weeks ago I walked by another photographer with his camera and tripod arranged and an intent look in his eye. He had just clicked the shutter for a long exposure of a waterfall. I imagined he was holding his breath a little until he heard the shutter close. I do the same thing. He patiently waited for the exposure to copy to the memory card and then finally appear on the screen. I saw a slight smile on his face . . . that smile when you know you nailed the shot. And that’s the difference between taking a photo and making one.

You are capturing a moment in time, a moment you can never get back, and recording it for a lifetime. Making a memory of a special place is what a photographer does when they get behind the camera, whether it’s published and shared with the world or kept for our own collection. We visualize the shot even before we get there. We know we can’t improve upon nature in all her beauty but we hope to capture her essence. When we get there, whether it’s our tenth time or first time, we are in awe of her colors and exquisite features. We set up the camera and frame the scene, the one we visualized beforehand, and adjust the settings to capture nature’s quintessence of perfection. You press the shutter (or remote) and hold your breath, hoping you got it right and that nature will approve.

I love photography and I have a deep passion to keep learning and capturing better photos. My Mom had a 2015 calendar of photos I took during 2014. I glanced at a few last evening and was completely amazed at how much I have improved from two years ago. It was funny that two years ago I thought I was pretty good. I’m better now and will be even better in the future.

Whatever your passion, get out there and make it happen!

~ melissa michelle

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park, Lower Falls

Letchworth State Park, Lower Falls


I love this photo – I knew when I took it I had a good shot. The word that comes to mind when I look at this is peaceful. I was in this spot by myself for a few minutes before more tourists hiked down the path. It’s a pretty steep climb down (and back up!) but well worth the views from this vantage point as well as from the rock walking bridge further down the path.

I used my tripod and kept the shutter open for about 3 seconds with a wide aperture. When photographing a moment in time, I even get to slow it down and capture a few seconds of time within one photo.

Letchworth has three waterfalls – all very beautiful in their own right. I’ll share more soon. Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page, Photo Life Journal. I posted this photo there yesterday. You can also share this using the sharing buttons here on the page.

~ melissa michelle