Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

The End Of The McConnell's Mill Hike

Several weeks back I decided to take a hike in McConnell’s Mill State Park. I hadn’t done so in some time and the hike I had been thinking about was short, but not the most accessible in terms of terrain. I had heard that if one hiked on this route they would be treated to some interesting water flow. And so I was. And it was definitely a hike worth taking.

I find myself wondering what this location will look like with the heavy fall rains we usually get or after the winter melt. I guess there is only one way to find out….

© Howard Grill

© Howard Grill


Cedar Falls In Hocking Hills State Park

Cedar Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Hocking Hills area and is a pleasure to photograph. Like many of the waterfalls in the area, one sets up from down in a ravine at the base of the falls. That situation is perfect for waterfall photography because the ravine allows the water to stay in the shadows for a longer period of time in the morning than it otherwise would.  Once the bright sun starts to hit the water, the party is over because you get bright, blown out highlights and reflections. 

Let's see.....tall waterfall, beautiful surroundings, plenty of time to make photos before the crowds come, get to sleep just a little bit longer, and not have to rush to get the shot before the sun hits the water directly.  What more could you ask for? I think I will definitely be going back at some point.


Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio    © Howard Grill


Hocking Hills, Upper Falls At Old Man's Cave

A few weeks back I posted a photo of the 'Upper Falls' at Old Man's Cave, taken on my trip to Hocking Hills outside of Columbus, Ohio.  This is a companion photo, made during the same session, as I always try to shoot many different compositions when at a location.

Usually I like to avoid having man-made things in my nature photos. But all 'rules' are meant to be broken. In this particular composition I think the inclusion of the bridge adds to, as opposed to detracts from, the photograph.  What do you think?


 Upper Falls, Hocking Hills    © Howard Grill


Hocking Hills, Upper Falls, Old Man's Cave

A few weeks back, I went with two of my 'photo buddies' to discover a new location....a place we had never photographed.  An adventure, if you will.  The fun part was that it was going to be a long weekend and though it wasn't what one could call 'nearby' it also wasn't all that far away. At four hours by car it was not going to be an unreasonable idea to go back during another season if it ended up being a location we really liked.

And so off we went to Ohio's Hocking Hills, a conglomeration of five parks right next to each other.  It turned out to be a great trip and a beautiful area.  Needless to say, I will be showing several images from there in the coming weeks.

This particular photo was taken at the "Upper Falls" in the area of the park known as Old Man's Cave (yes, an old man did live here for many years under a large rock outcropping reminiscent of a cave).


Upper Falls, Old Man's Cave, Hocking Hills    © Howard Grill


I was able to frame several compositions at this location, but my favorites were this one and another that shows the stone bridge over the falls.  I am still working on that one.

Oh, and I think that we will be going back to this area at some point!!