Great Happening:

They shoot Metroparks

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.

Sharyn Vincent used the multiple exposure feature on her Nikon D500 to capture the blur of Conneaut Creek during daylight.

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.

Sharyn Vincent focused her attention and camera on this bracket fungus at Camp Peet.

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.

A leaf stuck in a riffle on Conneaut Creek forces the water to bubble up like a fountain. Photo by Carl E. Feather.

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.

Information: 415-3596.

Jewelweed, one of many flowers blooming at Camp Peet in Conneaut.

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Carl Feather is lodging tax administrator for Ashtabula County and the founder of The Wave newsletter. He is 25-year newspaper industry veteran and frequent contributor to West Virginia's Goldenseal Magazine. He enjoys photography and videography, which he shares at his blog,, and his Feather Cottage You Tube channel.
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