Barbara Gore  

Babcock Park by Barbara Gore

October 2021 - Babcock Park

About the Image(s)

This image was taken in 2015 during a visit to Babcock State Park in West Virginia. I was with a photography group and the plan was to photograph the Glade Creek Crist Mill which I was told is frequently photographed. Well, when we arrived there had to be 50+ photographers trying to get “the shot”. My only goal was to not get any people in my image. I don’t know if I got “the shot” but I was happy no one was in the image. In Lightroom, I added vibrance, contrast, white balance and I did some minor spot removal edits.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 70-300 @ 72 mm
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1.0 sec @ F/13
Tripod, no filters

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
I have heard a great deal a bout this location and based on your image, the beauty of the site well worth the hardships of capturing it. I really didn't think that it would be THAT crowded.

I feel your composition quite nicely brought out beauty of both the mill and the environment. The scene is nicely balanced.

Perhaps it is my monitor but the image feel a bit over exposed. I think you might benefit from bringing down the mill roof just a bit. Also, reflections should be at least a 2/3 of a stop darker than the surroundings. Yconsider using filter to darken the water ju   Posted: 10/09/2021 17:56:58
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Larry, you're absolutely right about the reflections and mill roof being too bright. Appreciate the feedback.   Posted: 10/11/2021 19:23:53

Richard White   Richard White
This location in on my Bucket List, as it is with hundreds of photographers. I'll make it one day, hopefully in the fall. Your composition is very nice, better than many I have seen. It pulls the viewers eye to the mill and then to the stream, small water fall and finally to the reflection of the mill. You did a nice piece of work keeping the other photographers out of the photo. How long were you there and how many photos did you take to get this one?   Posted: 10/09/2021 18:35:24
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thanks for your feedback Richard. Our group was probably there for about 3 hours. I remember taking a lot of images from several locations before I ended up in the spot where this image was taken. Looking back at my files I only have images from this spot as I probably culled the others out. This image was taken close to 9am so many photographers were done by then so I just had to wait out the typical tourist wandering around the mill. I have both horizontal and vertical shots and many have people in them.

  Posted: 10/11/2021 20:00:42

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
An iconic scene for sure, and you got it. I like the saturation level, the color and that you left room above the reflection of the mill in the water. I also like your choice of shutter speed. The water at a distance still have some texture but also flow. Good job on the DOF. My only suggestion is if you had a redo opportunity, the top of the image seems too cropped to my eye. I would like to see more of the red tree and more space above the mill.   Posted: 10/10/2021 18:31:43
Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Thank you Michael. I do have a few images with the full tree and space above the mill. Looking back at them, the sky was white/blown out so I decided to eliminate it. But I agree it has a total different look with the tree tops visible, more sense of place.
I think a road trip is needed!   Posted: 10/11/2021 20:06:27

Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
Perfect composition. I especially like the water reflection and waterfall. This photo reminds me the famous Villa Fallingwater desidned by Frank Lloyd Wright located in Mill Run, Fayette county, Pennsylvania. Fallingwater is so great that there is a replica in Beijing.   Posted: 10/15/2021 01:50:00

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
This image is just beautiful! Patience is the key word when photographing on crowded places and that you have been rewarded for. There is little to put the finger on in my opinion, but a slight vignette and a little darkening from the bottom would do, I think.   Posted: 10/17/2021 02:11:51


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