Hocking Hills SP, Logan, Ohio, USA by Roy Goldsberry

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When I retired three years ago, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was to spend more time on photography. At the time, I had never been on a professionally led photo workshop, so as an experiment I thought I would give it a try. The one that I picked out was for three days in Hocking Hills State Park, near Logan, Ohio, in early April. The cost was modest, I had been there before, and I knew that I already liked the area.

Hocking Hills features a number of stone cliffs, small canyons, caves, and waterfalls. Knowing that there was a good bit of water in the park, I brought some rubber boots along so I could go into the streams on occasion for different compositions. Over the couple days we went around to the various locations and generally had a good time with nice results. One afternoon though, we had to wait out some rain in one of the caves.

On the last morning, the workshop leader thought that we might have good luck returning to Old Man's Cave in hopes of finding nice sun rays. When we got there we found that he was exactly right. Looking over the area, I thought that I could get a nice scene from a spot that was only accessible by crossing the stream that runs below the cave. Donning my boots, I splashed across and set up the shot you see here. I tried a few different exposure variations, and liked this one the best at 2 s.

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