After the photo walk in Centralia last weekend, that I shared this image from, my friend Gary Well and I drove down to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill in southwest Washington. I had never been there before but had seem some images of the place that really had me wanting to visit.
I had a number of things working against me on the trip, the biggest being that I walked out of my house without a tripod, long story, and when we were there the sun was very harsh and casting terrible shadows. Gary was nice enough through to lend me his tripod for a few shots, and I made this one with my 10 stop Lee Big Stopper filter. My hope was to get the leaves to move a bit during a 30 second exposure to give a bit of a “dreamy” look.
When all was said and done, I didn’t get the shot I wanted out of camera, but thanks to the use of some creative filters in post, I was able to give it the more soft feel that I wanted for it.
I do plan on going back to the mill at night, I think that this would be an awesome subject for some light painting.