DAVIS, WV — We spent four days in Davis, West Virginia, recently at a photo workshop. We always learn something at a workshop, but the real reason we go is to see a new place and to shoot with fellow photographers.
For this trip, the lure was fall colors. We had been told that conditions in the Canaan Valley were similar to Vermont and that the colors would be just as good, if not better. And, of course, there's the learning and the socializing with new friends.
We were not disappointed. You might say that we were overwhelmed by the changing colors, which every day got a little sharper and more plentiful. The only downside was the failure of the sun to break through the fog Saturday morning while we waited on a plateau in an area called Dolly Sods.
Just to show you how popular the place is, we arrived an hour before sunrise and encountered several photographers, their cameras fastened to tripods. More followed us as we shivered and hoped for sun.
We didn't get sun then, but when we got back to our hotel, we were able to book a short flight around the area and we got some nice photos then.
On our last day our instructors took us to a nearby lake of modest size. They knew that with the sun coming up, we'd get good reflection photos. It was so perfect you couldn't take a bad photo. No wonder it's called Reflection Lake.
I published a bunch of photographs on Facebook in the group CentreFocus. We're now looking forward to the photowalk in Bellefonte in less than two weeks.