A Cold Winters Day in NC
Went out with a fellow photographer to see what we could shoot. We were hoping for some ice, or snow, but as we live in the south, it’s not always that easy to come by.
Over the Damwater rushing over the dam Water over the dam
We started off at a local town (Mcadenville, NC), hoping to shoot some ice covered water or rocks at the spillway next to an old mill.
We were only able to shoot from a nearby bridge, as the area around the stream and spillway was posted with no trespassing signs. Didn't feel like going to jail that cold morning.
Was in the very low 20's with a wind that made your teeth chatter, and hands hurt. We took a bunch of photos using our ND (Neutral Density) Filters. These allow you to use a slower shutter and get what we like to call a “smooth water” effect. This makes the water look like its more fluid than a normal fasts shutter that stops the water in mid-fall. After 20-30 mins we were too cold to keep at it here, so we packed up and headed off.
Into the woods
We drove to Kings Mountain state park trying again for an “ice over the dam” shots. We took a wrong turn and ended up going down a little side road (more like dirt path). At the bottom of which was a little brick bridge and stream. We stopped to check it out and saw that parts of the stream were iced over. Hoping to get some good shots we took off down into the woods and out onto a little island (we were not sure it was even solid till my friend stepped on it). Shooing up and down the little stream, I was not really happy with the shots. Then I happened to lower my camera down to my knees and noticed at that angle I could see the bridge’s reflection in the water. Lowering it more I could see even more. I ended up with my camera sitting on some ice at the edge of this little mound of dirt (island) to get the shot below.
If you look close at the bottom of the above photo you can see some of the ice and rocks the camera was sitting on top of.
Have not tried blogging like this before, Will see if anyone reads this or comments on it, before i decide if I will continue.
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