Hi everyone. I am pleased to present my Top 18 images from this years photographic travels and explorations. This year I stayed a little closer to home and spent more time in some of my favorite places as well as exploring several new locations. I have not loaded these images in any specific order and I also did not limit them to a Top 12. Out of the hundreds of image I made these photographs essentially represent my favorites because of what they ultimately mean to me.
Lines are one of the most basic elements we have in creating a photograph. Lines can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, S-shaped, and even implied. Obviously a photograph can be made up of more than one kind of line. And additionally there are other elements such as light and shadow, shapes, colors, contrast, texture, and tonal values that all contribute to the final image.
Over 25,000 years ago glaciers extended to an area just north of Pittsburg establishing glacial moraines and sculpting the land around present day Slippery Rock. This gorge was cut by these glaciers and deepened slowly over time by the creek that drops through the landscape. This is the middle of three waterfalls that drop through the gorge. On either side native hardwoods, firs, and ferns line the creek while jumbled rocks, left by the receding glaciers direct the flow of the water. At just over twelve feet tall, this waterfall empties into a deep plunge pool in a narrow canyon before it continues it trace downstream to join Slippery Rock Creek.
Image Data: Nikon D800e, Nikkor 14-24mm, f2.8 at 15mm. Image exposed at ISO 50 at f11 for 2 seconds. A second image was produced at ISO 280 at f11 for 1/4 of a second. The two files were combined in post processing. To reduce specular highlights I used a Fotodiox Slimline CPL specifically created for the Nikon 14-24.