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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.
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.
It has been just over 4 years since I have been out to Hazen Bridge with my camera and posted any photos (http://www.thehedgepost.com/2013/10/19/wandering-around-hazen-bridge/), which is strange since it is just a couple of miles from home. I wanted to get out with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II to get better acquainted with its controls and it may be one of the last days we have in the upper 70’s until spring. This bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places is almost 125 years old and is one of two remaining iron truss bridges in Champaign County. I tend to like these type of bridges processed as black and white images. These images were edited in Silver Efex Pro 2 using a slight copper toning. For more history on the Hazen Bridge see: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM9HHP_Hazen_Bridge_Mahomet_IL