I took a day off work last week and made the short drive to Cloudland Canyon with my friend Frank. It was the coldest day of the year as we began the hike to Cherokee Falls, but we were as the falls grew louder, we got more excited.
The first thing I noticed as we rounded the corner was the bank of plants covered in ice from the mist of the falls. I knew I had to get it in the shot while having the waterfall in the shot as well.
I love texture, and the ice hanging from the cliffs are a great example what I look for. There was little color in this scene in the first place, but I decided to make it black and white.
As the sun started to peak through the trees, you can see a little of the mist which gave the overall scene an ethereal look.
It was great spending time with Frank. If you have a chance, check out his site!
Ryan Smith, a Berry College graduate and former photojournalist, is a fine art photographer. He is well-known in Rome, Georgia for his unique perspective and captivating images. His art can be found on the walls of the local hospital, businesses throughout Rome and in the living rooms of art patrons all over. While a majority of his art is focused on the city of Rome and Berry College, he is also renowned for his "decay" photographs, which bring a beautiful perspective to areas others would view as deteriorated. Ryan's most recent project, the White Piano, has blurred the lines of his styles. Beginning in the world of decay, the White Piano has ventured throughout Rome and Floyd County for some of the most acclaimed photographs yet.