The Three Creeks Metro Park is where the Alum, Big Walnut and Blacklick creeks all come together in one spot. This was my first trip there and I got a couple nice test shots.
It was a bright, humid morning and the creeks were full after a couple good rainstorms. There was still a little ground fog too. I didn’t find a composition that showed all three creeks coming together. In the shot below, the third creek is hidden behind the trees on the right. Next time I go I’ll try a shot from the other side of the creek. This is a four shot HDR.
After the creeks converge, there’s a shallow area that let me walk part way across and line up on the far shore that’s between two of the creeks. I stacked three rocks to create foreground interest.
While editing I realized I’d stacked them on a fourth rock. D’oh! So much for the three rocks / three creeks tie in.
A quick behind the scenes of the setup for the shot above. Manfrotto 190XPRO4 tripod, Sony a3000, Sigma 10-20mm lens, B&W 77mm circular polarizer, and a Mudder remote. The tripod has a 90° center post that lets you get the camera as close to the ground, or water, as you want.
Here’s one of the SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) shots. I’m always striving to find a balance in my post processing between accuracy and art. I’m not trying to document a landscape as it was at a particular moment so much as I’m trying to create something beautiful and evocative from the landscape as I see it.
From the bridge that crosses the converged creeks I was drawn in by the creek within a creek created by the reflections of the sky and trees.