I had an of the moment opportunity to go down to Watkins Glen National Park this Monday. Well the plans were sort of introduced Friday night and I’d figured out the details by Sunday. I’ve been gagging to get on the bike and go somewhere and if I get to use my camera to shoot interesting stuff, all the better.
The park is neat because it’s centered around the gorge with camping available on the upper levels. It’s not a huge park but it is interesting in that it captures that turn of the century love of nature but ruled by the firm hand of man. This does not detract from anything as the original builders really worked hard to blend the walkways in with the natural surroundings.
I won’t bore you with the trip down or how the bike was set up. It really wasn’t that kind of ride. I will say that I really enjoyed riding in this part of New York State and I look forward to coming down again and exploring the back roads further in the future.
This time I had my tripod with me and used it for pretty much every shot except the one above of the entrance to the park. I also decided to go for a deep depth of field so everything was shot at f22, the exposure times were long and the ISO was set at 200. The park was pretty packed and the long exposures allowed me to shoot around the people for the most part. That being said, I also liked the ghost like effect of them moving through the space.
The park was so worth the trip. If you get a chance, you should go.
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