By Jim Crotty

Deep Into Winter

Equipment Info
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
State/Province/Region
OH
Country
US
Nearest Area
Dayton
Town
Centerville
Brief Directions

Southeast of Dayton, at the end of Wilmington Pike a few miles south of the I-675 exit.

Notes

The trail can be icy leading to the tall grass prairie, but the walk is short from the main parking area. I always take three lenses to this location - a super wide, zoom telephoto and my 100mm macro. The shapes and textures within the prairie plants of the meadow offer a variety of opportunities for macro photography emphasizing texture.

Description

January in Ohio is not known as a location for scenic landscape photography, however, I've learned it's just a matter of where - and when - you look. The sunsets can be spectacular and colorful, but very brief. I'm fortunate to live very close to one of the best parks in Dayton's Five Rivers MetroParks system - Sugarcreek MetroPark. It is my favorite location for sunsets, particularly during autumn and winter. I have a wide, tall grass prairie positioned perfectly for the setting sun. Earlier in the afternoon I saw the conditions coming together for a dynamic sunset. I braved 20 degree weather with camera bag and tripod and was rewarded with this scene. Three raw exposures about two and half stops apart for HDR in Photomatix Pro followed by targeted adjustments using Nik Viveza 2.

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Date Added
January 20, 2011
Date Taken
January 20, 2011

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