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Afternoon Visit to Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park

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Cascade Falls

Warm weather hear over the weekend prompted me to take a drive up to the Uttica, IL to visit one of the state parks up there.  I have visited Starved Rock a number of times, but this time I decided to go to Matthiessen State Park which is a few miles to the south of the more popular Starved Rock.  I am so glad I did.  I enjoyed this park every bit as much as Starved Rock and found it much less crowded.  I have a number of photos of the park that I will be posting in the future, but this one is one of my favorites.  This photo of Cascade Falls was made with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II and the 7-14 f/2.8 Pro lens at 8mm.  To smooth the falls and the water, I exposed the photo for 20 seconds using a Nisi 6 stop neutral density filter.  I also used a Nisi 3 stop graduated filter neutral density filter to try to balance the dynamic range between the shadows and the sunshine.  My photo shoot ended after this photo when my whole filter bracket and filters fell off into the water.  No damage was done and I was able to retrieve the filters from the cold water.  I definitely intend to visit Matthiessen State Park again when the weather is warm.

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3 Frames

I spent an hour or so on a walk Saturday afternoon at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve with my camera.  Most of the trees are now bare and the bold, bright colors we saw a few weeks ago are all but gone.  As I walked across the covered bridge, I stopped and looked in one of the windows and captured this photo of 3 frames inside the bridge.  I have always been interested in lines, textures and the geometric shapes I see.  This image was captured with the Olympus OM-D E-M1II with the 7-14 F2.8 Pro lens at its widest focal length.


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Wet Fall Afternoon At Lake of the Woods

The end of Fall

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Fall Colors

With all of the rainy and gloomy weather and the late fall colors, I haven’t made any attempt to photograph any of the fall foliage.  While the weather hasn’t improved, I thought at a minimum I should grab a few shots, so I headed out late this afternoon with my fish-eye lens and looked up to photograph some of the fall colors in my own back yard.  The maples are finally turning and this was the result.  I am guilty of being frustrated in not getting to go somewhere to take photos with my cameras.  This was a perfect example of opportunities that exist within a hundred feet of my back door.  Enjoy the fall colors while they last.  As quickly as they turn color, it will all be over.

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