Two Black/White Rock Details, Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Just a simple post with some simple photographs today. I enjoy taking photographs of glorious sunrise and sunset light just as much as the next photographer, but on this particular visit to the Virginia side of Great Falls National Park, the light never came. Since I live so close to Great Falls, I'd typically just head home and catch a nap before starting my day, but on this day I was feeling a bit more inspired and decided to stick around and try to create some interesting photographs of miniature details I could find in the myriad of rocks surrounding the Potomac River. 

"Against the Wall" - Rock detail in Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22 @ 22mm. 1 second @ f/11. ISO 200. Polarizer. Tripod.

"Portrait in Grayscale" - Rock detail in Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22 @ 22mm. 4 seconds @ f/16. ISO 100, Tripod.

The first image is probably my favorite of the two. I really like the different types of lichen and how they all contrast and play off each other. I made sure to place the white "dominant" looking lichens at key points within the composition. I enjoy the second image because it reminds me of an aerial view of a lava flow. The rock pictured here had a seemingly high content of silica, as it glistened in the light. I intent on revisiting this location in the sun instead of during overcast to see if I can capture all of the sparkles better.