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2020-272 Walking the gorge trail

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Stony Brook State Park is definitely a people park, and the people are generally respectful of the park and of each other. The gorge trail is a popular attraction. It is officially one-way now to promote social distancing. I saw only a few people walking against the flow.

This stretch is one of the prettiest in the park. I have taken many photographs here over the decades.

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Nigel-KellHobbyist Photographer

The people are part of the scene; I think the "sense of time and place" would be lost without them.

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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer

My thought, exactly.

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FallisPhotoProfessional General Artist

As your other poster said, the one thing I don't like about places like this is the people. I'd be up before sunrise and try to get a photo of it without the people as the sun came up. When I was shooting Hollywood cemetery, in Richmond (famous for the statuary), I would often have to wait for hours to get a shot without tourists in it.

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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer

I've done the catch-the-sunrise field trip, though not recently, three surgeries have me needing a lot more sleep. More often, I'm simply taking the camera along with me when I go places. Especially in a spot like this, the people are an important part of the photograph.

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FallisPhotoProfessional General Artist

To me, the attraction of a place like that is its natural beauty and that's what I would be trying to capture. The two people on the island would be enough. The cavalcade walking along the trail are, in my opinion, too much.

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I would be standing there trying to get shots with no people

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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer

It would be a really long wait.

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davincipoppalagHobbyist General Artist

Im very patient

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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer

You would have to wait until after nightfall.

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davincipoppalagHobbyist General Artist

<searches for floodlights....

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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer

:mwahaha:

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