My Almost Perfect Grist Mill shot, Autum 2011

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joyfotos on October 11, 2011

What a gorgeous spot! YSL!

Brian Humphreys on October 11, 2011

Thanks, Joy! What does YSL mean?

Ma&Pa Moose on October 12, 2011

I remember adding your 2008 view of this same mill to favorites but after seeing this angle, I'm adding this also. If Ma and I ever get to WV to see the bridge, we definitely want to see this mill. The colors are simply out standing and your long exposure lends great movement to the water along with the great DOF. What a great place to meditate and drink it all in.

Brian Humphreys on October 13, 2011

Thanks, Ma and Pa!!! By happenstance I landed Columbus Day as a full holiday in my work schedule. Because I wasn't expecting the day off I had made no other plans, and got up early to head toward Babcock State Park and its photogenic grist mill. When I got there the colors were astounding.

It was a perfect fall day for photography! The sky was slightly overcast, humidity was low, no rain was forecast, and the crowd was smaller than expected. I followed the creek and took shots at several spots before returning to this location.

Other photographers (with a wealth of experience and a small fortune in equipment) were congregating here. I setup my tripod and started snapping away making minor adjustments until I got this shot. Thanks for the compliments, but the beauty was there long before I arrived for this capture.

Brian Humphreys on October 13, 2011

I hope to return each year and try for an even better shot! The more time I spend there the more I realize what else would make the pictures more complete. I'd love to have a trophy pic of the colors just as brilliant, but with more water cascading over the boulders and pushing the mill wheel!

Wishing you a vibrant fall,


joyfotos on October 18, 2011

YSL = Yellow star(favorites) Like:)

I saw this shot on an inspirational calendar at Wal -Mart the other day....think yours was better:)

My computer is in the hospital:( So just on a minute here and there when I can get on someone else's computer.

Brian Humphreys on October 19, 2011

Aww, well thanks Joy! It's probably as much blessing as curse not having constant access to a computer. Nonetheless, I'm glad you were able to pass along the flattering comment on this photo!

All the best,


Laurel211 on November 2, 2011

Greetings Brian, a gold star for this post card perfect shot. I love the colours of fall. Well done.

Brian Humphreys on November 2, 2011

Thanks, Laurel!!!

Prisoner_of_today on November 15, 2011

Excellent shot of this beautiful place, like! Greetings, Artem

Brian Humphreys on November 16, 2011

Thanks, Artem!

ancan5 on December 6, 2011

A lovely picture of an enchanting landscape! I like the mill and autumn colours very much!Great shot!

Greetings, Annica

Randy Hall on December 6, 2011

Beautiful shot Brian. Love everything about it. Great mix of autumn colours, terrific subject with the mill and water wheel, and I love the slow shutter. If your goal is to take this shot each year and try to improve on each one, I can't wait until next year. YSL and I've added you to my list of favourites.

Cheers from Canada, Randy

Brian Humphreys on December 7, 2011

Thanks, Annica and Randy! I'm not able to make it to this spot each year, but always make an attempt. It's a lovely spot...a rare success for the government of the State of West Virginia. ;-)

The mill was actually reassembled here from parts of other mills from the state that were being or had been dismantled. At the time the tourist industry hoped to create a new focal point of interest in West Virginia's beauty. They got this one right!

The creek turns into a stout canyon downstream, with deep cut rocky waterways, boulders, and myriad colors in the fall. The region is so very lovely it's hard to resist taking a vacation day for the drive and photos.

I look forward to reviewing your gallery soon, Randy. Thanks once more,

All the best,


Akbar&Armaghan Nouri on December 26, 2011

excellent shot

very beautiful


Lloyd. B on January 7, 2012

''Not almost'', i would say perfect, perfect, shot, one to enlage and frame then hang in a gallery or above the mantel peace to enjoy forever.

Brian Humphreys on January 7, 2012

Lloyd, this is one of my favorite places in West Virginia. The whole area is rich with beauty...staggering cliffs, deep ravines and canyons, variety of wildlife and plant-life, and a lot of great people who've carved out homesteads.

I only wish the water had been more voluminous the day this shot was taken. When the creek is rushing it makes things even more stunning to view!

Thanks so much for the kind words and visit!

Best wishes,


livingworld on February 25, 2012

Wow, Fantastic Place and Photo!!

Thank you for joining the Appalachian Mountain Group!!

Warm Greetings,


livingworld on February 25, 2012

... Like and Favorite as well!!!

Brian Humphreys on February 25, 2012

Thanks for the kind comments and it is an honor to be apart of any group promoting the beauty of Appalachia!

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Photo taken in Babcock State Park, 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV 25831, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 10, 2011
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Brian Humphreys
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
    • Taken on 2011/10/10 10:27:52
    • Exposure: 0.800s
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/36.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash