Discovering Hocking Hills (Day 2)

For my second day at Hocking Hills, I set out at sunrise to photograph the Rock House followed by a midday visit to Cantwell Cliffs and evening visit to Conkles Hollow.

Being more settled into the landscape and my overall trip allowed me to focus more on the photography and crafting more images.

“9/27/21: The second day started out with a hike around Rock House with a friend. This cave being the only true cave in the Hocking region. My initial impressions are that this particular spot might be my favorite so far. The photographic potential seems boundless here with late mornings still in shade, and perhaps late evenings totally glossed in “God Rays.” So much spectacle here even as countless Rock Pigeons were cooing from within.

The Cantwell Cliffs offered even more breathtaking views of “caves” within the region as well as some dizzying heights above the gorge rim trail. The 2pm sunlight was much too harsh and direct for any practical photography by my standards.

However I returned by late evening to settle the score with this particular location. The pre-scouting helped out immensely and allowed me to move quickly despite the waning daylight. In between these two visits was the longest hike of the day, several hours at Conkles Hollow.

The upper gorge rim trail proved to be rugged and expansive with views from the rock outcroppings to high above the treeline. The best part for me was unintentionally last as I hiked the much shorter and flatter lower gorge trail.

The photographic opportunities were endless down here as I traversed through the hollow and out back to the waterfall site, despite being just a trickle then. The looming and almost serene (ominous?) sandstone took me by surprise as if towering over me like skyscrapers. I found lots of success in this particular location along with many future compositions such as the rim gorge overlooks.

It seems as though the reliance on the “bigger” landmarks and wider focal lengths are a stylistic shift due to my environment. For the time being, I am seeking all of the main attractions of the state park and less of the “quieter” moments.

Everything has to be so big and grand on a massive and photographic scale as I run and gun from one big section to the next. Trying my best to beat the crowds of people despite being the same really; just a tourist hiding behind a camera instead.

Between the crowds and droves of people in some spots, the one-way trails to certain areas and the harsh lighting. Many factors were trying to pull me away from some proper camera time.

Here I was halfway through my trip and the environment surrounding me was influencing the photography I was doing. This awareness to the change actually allowed me to fully embrace it more than if in denial or ignorance of it.

Thanks for reading about this story thus far, and stay tuned for part three as the final conclusion to my trip to Hocking Hills.

Until then,

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