Long Twisting Path

This was taken at Great Falls on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. The trail is actually part of the C&O Canal tow path that is along the river. I guess the canal was put in to move goods along and avoid the rapids and and the falls.

I shot this on New Year’s Day this year. The weather was warm so everyone had the grand idea of heading towards the park to enjoy the day. I was hoping more people would be hungover and nursing their New Year’s Eve headache from too much partying. I guess more people were like me and just stayed in and stayed home that night.

Editing was straight forward. Nothing but camera defaults applied and a few gradients here and there. Then into Photoshop for a curves adjustment for tone and contrast. Lots of dodging and burning for local contrast. Sharpening and then done.


Long Twisting Path


  1. THE MOM said:

    I do like the photo. It is hard to believe that it was this warm on the first of January. The trees and grass reflect the fact that it is winter. I like the reflection in the water. The sun does not care what season it is. I read a little about the C & O Canal path and why it was built. It was to move coal at the beginning from Cumberland, Maryland to as far down as the canal was at the time. It took many years and has such a history of up and downs on building and keeping it. Really interesting. I enjoyed. I see “L” enjoyed as well.

    May 8, 2017
  2. L said:

    Add some rain, some mud, and 60 of my nearest and dearest friends this is exactly how the park looked on Saturday. Good Times!

    May 8, 2017

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