The hawk came out of nowhere, sped above Conneaut Creek, taunting the photographers whose shutter speeds were set to blur the motion of a waterfall, not stop the wings of a hawk.
Unfazed by missing the moment, Sharyn Vincent went back to explaining the use of a multiple exposure feature on her Nikon D500 to blur a waterfall in bright light. Another photographer received help with a pesky over-exposure problem.
The monthly photo outing, held at a different Ashtabula County Metropark each month, introduces the artists to the park system’s diversity and provides a forum for learning about their cameras and photographic techniques.
The free outings are open to all ages, levels of ability and equipment types. The photographers assist each other with basic concepts and equipment operation. Thus far, it has been a mostly Nikon-users group, but all brands, DSLR and mirror-less, are accommodated.
The outings are always held the last Monday of the month. Most are at 6 p.m., but the August outing was moved to 8:30 a.m. to take advantage of better light. The location was Camp Peet in Conneaut.
The property was established as public land in 1928 with the donation of the Conneaut Creek property by Clara Peet. Once used by Scouting groups, the camp has several primitive, mowed camp sites, portable restrooms and hiking along both a trail and Conneaut Creek. The Creek Road Covered Bridge provides a nostalgic backdrop for the park.
The next Metroparks photo outing is Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. The park is Harpersfield Covered Bridge; the group will meet north of the bridge, in the larger parking lot. The topic will be landscapes, with an emphasis on covered bridges.
No reservation is necessary to participate and learn. Just show up with your camera and curiosity.