Rare that I share something I shot recently, like I shot it yesterday recent but I have been playing in the archives so wanted to show some recent work. I took this image at Great Falls on the Maryland side which is only 15 minutes from where I live. I was hoping the January 1 would be less crowded and I was right and slightly wrong. Turns out when I was there it wasn’t crowded. When I was leaving the park was getting packed and there was a line to get in about 30 cars deep. So I timed it perfectly.
My goal was to test a new 15 stop Neutral Density Filter I picked up. Tried it for a few shots but wasn’t having much luck focusing with it. I was using my Sony A7R and the camera just could not lock focus. In retrospect I should have done the focusing ahead of time and then put the filter on but live and learn.
With defeat in hand I was going to use my Variable 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter until I realized it was the one filter I didn’t pack. So I stuck a polarizing filter on and went on my merry way and shot for a few hours.
For this image I had just finished shooting the falls from the overlook where this path goes to. As I indicated it wasn’t that crowded so I was able to get some great shots. I had finished with my Sony 16-35mm lens on the camera. Walking back to the normal path I saw the today’s image and quickly setup my tripod and took a few shots. On a normal day you just can’t setup for this shot because the path is too crowded. I managed 2 shots before people started to walk into the frame and behind me.
Editing wise this is almost straight out of the camera. I just applied my camera profile and did some minor adjustments. The blue sky is from the polarizing filter not me messing with the sky. The most significant thing I did was dodge the graffitti on the rail just because I think it added that extra touch. If I didn’t fess up to it most would never notice it.