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Ohiopyle Stone Balancing 9.25.2016

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Sept. 2014 – Ohiopyle State Park

Several years ago I created photo that I liked. Mostly it was the mood of the shot, the balance was basic by design and skill. Often I’ve toyed with reusing the location, but contemplated it being already “done”…besides it’s a high traffic area which usually prevents anything too complex from being completed. Yesterday, upon arrival at Ohiopyle…town was pretty low key. The air temperature was cooler which kept most people on the bike trail and out of the water. The sky was a brilliant blue, it was the right time of year…here was a near perfect opportunity to seize that “scene” from several years ago and improve. The first time I balanced and photographed here, it was simple luck and proper time.  Yesterday I had some forethought and experience to help guide my ideas and actions. The lighting is provided by a street light situated across the river. It created pure magic as it bounces across the rivers current. There’s also a railroad crossing to the right of the light which provided the red light in the other images. Happy that it all came together again 🙂

7.14.2016 Linn Run

After a few hours of frustration, found a combo of stones that inspired. Here are the results, which to me are kinda ehhh mixed. Personally I liked the top 3. Wanted to change stones 4,5,6 (counting down from the top) but ran out of daylight. Looks a tad “basic” in this configuration… but still something to smile about! Possibly revisit these agian someday soon.

Linn Run 5.30.2016

Creating in the rain, can be a powerful experience. I spent a few hours fully immersed at Linn Run State Park during the creation and recording of this creation. The flowing creek, the rhythm of the drops hitting the earth.  All good inspirational things 🙂

Ohiopyle State Park 4.30.16

Spent a little time in the park today… Ohiopyle State Park that is 🙂  First time balancing under Low Bridge this year. Met quite few nice folks even though town was pretty mellow. Several countries were represented… I signed a few stones which will go on plane rides around the world. Always wonderful to make people smile and provide lasting memories.

Recent Stone Balances

The weather has been nice as have been other environmental factors. I’ve been enjoying most of my creations as is not always the case. Lots of creek time as well as time spent behind the camera shooting.

Ohiopyle 4.19.2016

Abundant spring conditions were enjoyed along the river in Ohiopyle State Park. late in the day I experienced one of the most impressive Caddisfly hatches in recent years. Emergence happened as I was photographing my last balance of the day.

Fade to black

Time progression through the evening and into night offers many variations of light. This balance was constructed and photographed through magic hour (the hour just before dark) in Linn Run State Park. During this short period, it can get hectic trying to capture the perfect rendition of what my eyes are seeing and photographic artistry before the light fades to black… only possible if the balance doesn’t collapse.

I always remember to take a little time to enjoy the balance, setting, and experience despite being intent on capturing images during this short duration. An important part of the process.  On this day the time leading up to magic hour was rather windy toppling this balance two time prior. After the 3rd build, the winds calmed and allowed for a wonderful hour of photography and balance enjoyment.

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Dimple & Swimmers

Recently I spent some time balancing along the shore of the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State Park.  I rode my bike down the Yough River Trail to the pullout just above the rapids known as “Dimple” and “Swimmers”. This area has a huge beach of some wicked smooth river stones.  The lack of friction took a few visits to get used to. Still lots of room for improvement as always. Here’s the one of the few I photographed.  Wind was a rather large factor this day. Here’s a couple angles and wet and dry photos.