Back with Better

“Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker

I often don’t revisit places I have been before. I try to find new places to explore and see. Even within my own state of North Carolina there is so much I haven’t seen before. I try to keep it reasonable though. Most of my family doesn’t like long hikes. I made that mistake once when I had us visit Catawba Falls. I saw a 3-mile walk, and I thought “That’s easy, I walk double that many miles daily at work.” I didn’t realize is that there is a difference between 3 miles in the classroom verses 3 miles on a paved mountain trail that goes straight up hill for a mile and a half. Needless to say, I now do my homework a little better and send my wife the information about where we are going. Even with that in mind I try to find new places to visit anytime we head out on a road trip within my state.

Last spring break we stayed at a campground in Golden Valley, North Carolina. When looking for places to visit, I saw that Linville Falls was not too far from us. We had been there before, but it was several years ago since the last time we went. It is a beautiful set of waterfalls. There are upper and lower falls. I took these shots at the top of the lower falls. What’s so amazing is that the falls are so loud it’s hard to hear people talking around you.

The last time I visited Linville Falls, I had just purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D3200 and I took photos in jpeg. I took some pretty pictures of the falls, but I had learned so much about photography since the last time I had visited there. From angles to lighting, I knew more now than I knew then. I also now have a Nikon D7500 which is an upgrade from before. I can tell by the quality alone these are better than I took before. Hopefully you enjoy them as well.

What are some things you have learned about photography since you first started?


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