Captree State Park/Cedar Beach – May 12, 2012

This past weekend we headed to Captree State Park planning for some nice sunset shots.  We got there around 4pm and headed towards the bridge and hung out under it for a while, like some gang in a bad 80’s apocalyptic movie; except we wielded cameras and sweatshirts rather than knives and denim jackets.  This location made for some pretty cool shots, the bridge is huge and the waves were crashing on the shore.  Very windy though!  After heading down the beach and not seeing much else to shoot, we decided to head towards Cedar Beach where the view of the setting sun was much better than where we were.

When we got there, we walked down the pier looking for fish heads (figuring they could make for some interesting shots) but it seems none of the fishermen were having any luck.   So no pictures of fish heads, which maybe is a good thing?  So we ended up walking through a playground, which as you can guess became a short stop for some playtime!  Swings, slides, photos, embarrassment.  hehe

We ultimately ended up finding a really long pier that went out directly into a big marshy area and patiently waited for the sun to set.  In the meantime, we took some photos of the infamous gas mask again and practiced some lighting with 2 strobes.  Some members of the group eagerly held the strobes at various lighting angles and I myself wore the mask.  I  think I might seriously consider a career in gas mask modeling.  I was on fire!  OK not really.  But it was fun.

Then the sun finally set and we all got some great shots.  Some of us concentrated on the landscape itself, some were doing portrait shots with the sunset as a backdrop (really nice), and some were taking candids of the group.

It’s great to see some of the group members who are new to photography starting to get more comfortable with their cameras.  At first you could tell it was intimidating, but as the weeks go by it’s nice to see them become more and more relaxed and confident.  And best of all, everyone is having fun and hopefully learning from each other

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~ by Craig Kempf on May 14, 2012.

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