Last Saturday our nature photography class traveled to Trough Creek near Altoona. As we waited to board the shuttle the city looked like it was inside a snow globe and I hoped the weather was the same at Trough Creek. I wasn’t disappointed. I was excited at the opportunity to photograph the forest with falling snow. When we got to Trough Creek I took the trail to Rainbow Falls and spent a lot of time photographing the water. I worked with long exposures again and got the shot I posted above. It is my favorite photograph I’ve taken so far this semester. As I kept climbing up past the falls I found a rock overhang that had hundreds of icicles hanging from it. It was challenging getting the shots I wanted because it was so dark under the rock, but I did get a few that I’m satisfied with.
I continued down the trail following the creek and found a tunnel with water flowing through it. Initially I wanted to keep man made structures out of my photos but I loved the way the tunnel created a frame for the water and the rocks behind it.
I came to a fork in the trail and took the Ledges Trail which was a steep trail using rocks as stairs. When I got to the top there was an overlook where I could see the forest below filling with snow. It felt like I was in Narnia.
For the remainder of the hike I focused on textures of rocks, branches and bark. I’m considering making “textures” the theme of my portfolio. I’d love some feedback on this idea.
Overall, I was really happy with the photos I took at Trough Creek. I expected the snow to make everything look the same but I found a lot of variety there. I ended up with about 30 photos that I liked from the trip and had to narrow my selections down. I would love to make a trip to Trough Creek in the summer and compared my images.