I photographed Dana at Woodloch Pines, which is a family resort located in Hawley, PA near the heart of the Poconos. When she contacted me to refresh her portraits, I saw it as an opportunity to try doing an entire photo shoot with my Leica rangefinder instead of dragging along my entire DSLR kit. I am often hesitant to make the switch because I often get that “Why am I paying for this assignment when you show up with a point and shoot?” The vast majority of the population are not familiar with rangefinders so it sometimes does not have the same professional impact as some monster DSLR. I often have to remind customers they are paying for my opinion as opposed to a shutter monkey.
A bunch of us went on one of my favorite hikes, which is the Cliff Park Trail System. We parked at the main parking lot at Raymond Skill Falls, walked past the Cliff Park Golf Course and climbed up to the peak where we had planned to enjoy spectacular views of the Delaware River Valley. Unfortunately, the fog was still thick so all we saw was a sea of white. From there we hiked down first to Hackers Falls, which is a favorite swimming hole for many locals and then to Raymond Skill Falls, which is is the tallest waterfall in the state, and only 4 feet shorter than Niagara.
Cliff Park dates from a land grant from the English king in 1627 when the Buchanan family, who were the original owners and innkeepers of Cliff Park Inn, came to America from Scotland. In 1913, the rolling sheep’s meadow which surround the inn was transformed and hosted its first full season of golf. The course was one of the first dozen to be opened in the U.S., the second in the country to be designed as a public course, the first in the world to be developed and owned by a woman, and the first in the nation to allow women to play golf. In 2001, the extensive grounds were incorporated into Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area, which is the largest national park east of the Mississippi River. It has 70,000 pristine acres that encompass a natural bowl surrounded by mountains and stone cliffs overlooking the Delaware River Valley.