Close To Home
It’s easy to look at all of the photos that are posted on the internet and feel like there just aren’t great photo opportunities near where you are like there are in New Zealand, Iceland, Switzerland, Hawaii, etc., etc., etc. While I love traveling and the great photographic opportunities it provides, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of great photographic opportunities close to home, probably some that have been hiding close to home that you’ve never known about. So, the next time you’re looking at a photographer’s blog and wishing you could travel to wherever their pictures are from, don’t forget that there are plenty of great photographs to be taken wherever you are, you just need to find them.
The photo below was taken at Copper Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin this past September. It is a perfect example of the above paragraph, I had lived within two hours of this state park for 25 years and never visited the park. The park provided great hiking trails, some wonderful photo opportunities, and they were having an open house so there was even free apple cider and cookies. As you can see from the photo, we visited the park about a week before the fall colors hit their peak but there was still enough color to make everything look nice. I used a longer exposure (1/10 sec.) since I love the look it gives waterfalls, might have tried an even longer exposure but there was not a good place near the river to set up a tripod.