Last week, on a rainy Thursday, I had the opportunity to head down to Ohiopyle to capture images of the fall in Ohiopyle State Park. Well, my plan was to spend the day. I ended up just spending the morning due to some inclement weather that just wouldn’t go away! My plan was to capture the sunrise from Tharp Knob Overlook…closed until 8:00. Ok, not a problem, I made my way over to Baughman’s Rock Overlook to capture sunrise from there. The fog was so thick, I could barely make out the trees a couple hundred feet away. Crap.
As the sun started to come up, I made my down by the natural rock slides, parked my car, grabbed my gear, and headed down towards the Youghiogheny River to see if there were any views lower down in the valley worth catching. Finally my luck started to break! Even though it was still incredible overcast, there was some nice fog hanging out on the hill tops. I set up my tripod and capturing a few views along the the Yough and moved on.
One of the coolest places to be during fall in Ohiopyle State Park are natural rock slides. By the time I trekked back over there, only about a ten minute walk, the rain had started to come down. Even though there was no sign of rain on the radar (thank you weather dot com), it was coming down in buckets. I camped out under a rock overhang and waited for it die down. After it did, I wandered up and down the slides, capturing long exposures with my ten stop B&W neutral density filter as well as HDRs.
From there, I moved to probably the most well known location of Ohiopyle State Park, which is Cucumber Falls. With the rain finally subsiding (for now), I was able to move around and catch the falls from so many different angles. Up high, down low, behind, around, above…it was great! Again, I threw on the ND filter and got one of my favorite shots, some leaves swirling around in a pool just below the falls. Even made my way up above the falls, put the fisheye lens on, hung over the edge and captured the falls from above. That was, at least, until the rain started dumping again and I was forced to race back to my car for shelter.
Overall it was successful day, even though I spent about fours hours less than I anticipated. Will definitely be planning a return trip!
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