A kid in the creek

Trenton Falls, West Canada Creek
Monochrome, Slow

The weather did take a turn for the better yesterday. By the middle of the afternoon the temperature was hovering around 70 F. The sun was out and there was only a slight breeze. It was a beautiful day. Of course I chose to ignore the weather alerts popping up on my phone warning me of impending doom from a severe thunderstorm before sunset.

Instead, I played in the creek. The West Canada Creek. The section below Trenton Falls. My favorite playground. It was fantastic!

Morgan’s Mill Dam
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/2s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

The approaching storm was coming from the west and the drive to my playground was toward the east. I could see the clouds chasing me in my rear view mirror. I had a feeling the conditions would be right for the images I wanted to capture. I hoped I could beat the storm. I was positive it was going to be worth it.

And it was!

I’ve rambled on before about growing up in the “crick” (I have to remind myself to say “creek” as it has always been a “crick” to me). I felt like I was back in the creek running through my Grandpa’s farm. I really wanted to build some rock dams like I did as a kid but I also wanted to create some images. The images won out this time. Next time, maybe the dam building will win…

The water in the West Canada Creek was high and running fast. There were plenty of opportunities to capture the long exposure, water in motion images for my “Slow” series. I was going to have a blast.

Running Fast
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/2s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

I worked my way downstream from the bridge stopping at every opening and pointing the lens at the turbulent water. The sun was popping in and out from behind the clouds giving me the contrast I wanted in the water. I exhausted the extent of my access on one side of the creek so I crossed the bridge and worked my way down the opposite side.

I love how the creek looks completely different depending on the position of the sun. On the first side the sun was at my back but now I had the sun in front of me. It totally changes the shadows in the flowing water. Pointing the camera at the same turbulent area results in different looks to the flow.

I probably should issue a warning now to everyone… I found a lot of good images yesterday. My “Slow” series is definitely growing from yesterday’s play time in the crick… 🙂

Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II, 1/10s, 124mm, f/8, ISO 400

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