Ken Lockwood Gorge

January 19, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Ken Lockwood GorgeKen Lockwood GorgeKen Lockwood Gorge is considered one of the top 10 most beautiful locations in New Jersey. I agree as do many people.

Ken Lockwood Gorge

21" x 15" Print in a 27".x 21" Frame

$225.00

I visited Ken Lockwood Gorge for the first time in early October, 2018. It was late afternoon. the lighting was perfect and there was literally no wind. This is unusual in this gorge with fast moving water, so I took advantage of the conditions;.

I did not have an ND filter for my Lumix GH5 and had never tried long exposures before. But late on this overcast afternoon, down in this gorge with fully foliated trees, I was able to get this long exposure using only camera settings. I shoot in Manual Mode, so I chose the highest aperture (f/22), the lowest possible ISO the GH5 offered (ISO-100), and then I set the shutter speed as long as the proper exposure allowed - in this case under these conditions and with that camera - I was able to slow it down to 5 seconds. Perfect.

What was immediately very cool was the appearance of the small whirlpool in the lower left. This whirlpool was NOT visible to the eye standing there. Yet, the 5 second exposure allowed the camera to capture it and so much more. The movement of the water from right to left is evident yet smooth while all the surroundings are in focus. Having no wind made this possible.

I have shot many images in KLG since, but this one remains a favorite of mine, and it is most peoples' favorite, too.
A longer exposure may have erased the whirlpool - but I'll never know. Unfortunately now, the small tree growing in the rock island in the river is doing very poorly, (it's a tough environment for any tree) and several trees have fallen all around it from several wind storms since 10/2018, so this scene can never be created or imaged like this again!

This is unique, one-of-a-kind image.

This image hangs in our home, my son's home, in a friend's home in Ohio (on HD Metal) and I have included this one here.

Wouldn't this framed print look great in your home or office?

More images of Ken Lockwood Gorge and Lake Solitude can be found on my Gallery -

www.davidandersonward/Ken_Lockwood_Gorge
 


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