Fallen Splendor – Boone Fork Creek

Fallen Splendor - Boone Fork Creek

Autumn Leaves Rest on Rocks at a Foggy Boone Fork Creek
Watauga County, Western North Carolina
Accessed via the Blue Ridge Parkway (mp 300)
Date taken: October 17, 2013

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I recently read some blog material slanting towards disappointment in seeing similar compositions both within a photographers stream and amongst various photographers. I couldn’t disagree more, as I find each photographer/artist must visit areas for themselves and interpret elements and places in their own ways, as well as revisit areas multiple times to correct, grow, and reinterpret landscapes as individual skills and philosophies grow. I feel this is a natural progression and makes more logical sense than getting something perfect the first time and/or only posting an image when it is perfect (when is that?). Landscapes are not static; I, as a photographer, am never the same if I’m doing my job to improve, learn and grow. With that said, this particular composition along Boone Fork Creek is my third direct iteration you’ll find within my photostream; hopefully, a touch better in terms of composition than the first two. I explored Boone Fork Creek for the first time in the year 2008, found this composition in the year 2009, , and shot it again in 2010, . Nearly five years after that first look at this area, the photograph above is my latest attempt.

I’ve also come to believe that there is no such thing as the "right" conditions for any particular shot. The only "right" conditions for a photograph are those that present! Boone Fork Creek has never presented me with heavy flow conditions; autumn certainly is typically low. However, in my personal opinion, low water conditions allow the weight of the image to lean towards the fall color, leaf litter, etc. instead of dominating the image. In fact, I would go as far as to say that high water conditions would not serve to represent an honest depiction of certain locations as many would see them in typical autumn conditions. When I view photographs from my favorite photographers, I always gravitate, in large part, to those images that appear most natural; those that represent reality in the most transparent way possible (I know, this is a loaded statement that could be talked about for hours–preferably over a beer or two or three to be most productive). When possible, I enjoy showing my photographs to non-photographer outdoors people–those that appreciate the landscape for different purposes and see through somewhat different eyes. Many times that is my father, who often bluntly says when I’m whining about how I wish it was this or that: "that’s what it was; that’s how it should be."

I’ve just returned from a week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina…couple days rest and then I’m back at it to find some late color where I can!