While Saturday -- the day before -- was warmer and sunny, today Winter came back. We were all dressed in layers from head to toe. Some of the photographers forgot to bring gloves but fortunately Loren had some extras in the back of his truck.
The sky was all grey. Soft lighting would prevail. I had rented a Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5 expecting I would get a lot of wide-angle shots. However, this area still had snow and ice on the ground and there was very little greenery. Most of the other photographers decided to do long exposure photography. Ed had brought his neutral density filters with him. He was able to get some very long exposure images. Prasanna and I were a lot less prepared for that sort of photography.
The longest exposure we could do without blowing out the image was ¼ second at f/29. I still think we got some great shots.
I tried to extract more colour from the images. I wanted to make them look warmer and more "spring" like than the weather indicated.
I didn't use the Sigma 8-16mm as much as I thought I would. At one point, I took it off and shot exclusively with my Nikkor 35mm f1/.8. Maybe it was just my familiarity with this lens, but I feel the images are sharper and livelier.
I really enjoyed the hike and I expect I will return in the real spring when the trees have some leaves and the air is warmer.
If you live in New Jersey or you are just traveling through and have some time, drop by the gorge.