Lately a combination of things has left me feeling both a lack of time and of inspiration for photographic projects. We’ve obviously been very busy with Malcolm, but I have also been feeling like I haven’t be stretching myself very far.
So, it seemed like the perfect time for a self-assignment. Darwin Wiggett has written about this before, and you can read an article of his by clicking here. The basic idea is to focus your creative energy on a particular theme or location and try to remain focused for a set period of time.
I tried to do a bit of both theme and location by choosing to photograph the waterfalls of Grey County over the next 5 months.
There are eight waterfalls in Grey County and each is a little bit different. Some are plunge falls, while others are cascades. It should be a beautiful and exiting project, and I am really excited about it.
First on the block is Jones Falls.
Jones Falls is pretty close to the farm so, for my first venture, it was only a short drive and a quick hike in. The sun was high and bright, which posed a particular challenge as part of the falls is shaded, while another part is in direct sunlight. To compensate I used a 3 stop ND grad soft edge filter tilted sideways in addition to my usual polarizer to even things out.
This worked out well, except for throwing off the colour cast a bit, which I was able to adjust in post.
Let me know what you think:
While I was there I also noticed this old tree sitting amidst a sea of younger trees and saplings. Not many of the leaves were out yet, but I thought there was an interesting contrast there.