When You Are There, You Look – Black and White Throwback 2021

“There are some locations I go to and they scream black and white to me because of the ambience. For me, great black and white images fall into two categories: very dramatic with stormy skies and bold compositions and at the other end of the spectrum a calm and minimalist composition.” – Helen Rushton

One thing I love about where I live is that I am only 2 hours away from the mountains and about 3 hours away from the beach. Some of the best places to visit in the world are a day trip away for me. The beach is okay to me, but I love visiting the mountains. We try to make at least one trip up there during the fall season. This year we have taken three trips to the mountains already this year, and we have one planned the day after Christmas. The mountains is one of those few places I can go and just stare at the landscape for hours. Typically we ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While we are on it I want to stop at just about every scenic stop because it looks so amazing.

There are so many incredible falls to see in the North Carolina mountains. I love the sounds and sights of waterfalls. Often I will record waterfalls with my phone in order to relive the memory of seeing them for the first time. Some falls are easy to get to, while others take a little bit of work to see. Catawba Falls takes about a 3 mile round trip hike. It isn’t an easy hike either. Going to the falls is straight uphill the entire time. McGalliard Falls on the other hand is pretty easy to get to. We decided to visit here after we went apple picking earlier in the day. The falls in set in the middle of a park. It’s a short and paved walk down to where the falls are located. You do have to walk down a steep hill, but it isn’t too bad. Finding a set of waterfalls that doesn’t have a crazy walk to get to is a miracle in itself. It’s an easy walk to get to and close to the interstate. This makes it a must visit spot.

Here are my previous posts about McGalliard Falls.


4 replies to “When You Are There, You Look – Black and White Throwback 2021

  1. I agree. I tend to use black and white composition sparingly, but sometimes I see strong angular winter light and long shadows and think, hmmm, this might look better in black and white. A


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