ArtSpring in Thomas

Last weekend I finally slowed down long enough to see what all the commotion was about. We picked a good time for a first impression, as their Annual ArtSpring was in full swing when we pulled into town.

I’ve never actually stopped in Thomas before, though I’ve passed through countless times…heading to Whitegrass or Seneca Rocks mostly…

The following are my photo highlights from the day and nights’ events… Feel free to leave any comments toward the photos.

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Cheat River Festival 2016 Photos

Here are this year’s photo highlights form the Cheat River Festival in Albright, West Virginia.

I shot a lot of these images with Tara’s new Sony A7ii, using my Nikon 50mm f1.2 (borrowing my friend Tim’s Nikon lens adapter). They’re a great combo, but I’m still getting used to the focus peaking and live view settings. Some of the images are a little soft compared to what I’m use to with the Nikon D800, but I still like the feeling and light in many of the Sony shots and decided to share them all just the same.  I hope you enjoy them!

In an effort to keep a stream of photos flowing, I plan to start posting more reals of images from my day to day camera uses…as well as being less critical toward what images I share.. 

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Cheat River Interview

The following are my responses to a recent FOC interview about the upcoming Cheat River Festival…

What was it like growing up in the Cheat River Watershed?

It gives and it takes..and gives.

My entire immediate family comes from the Cheat River Watershed. My Mom (Kathy DeWitt, previously Overbeck), grew up in Albright, where my Grampa Vic was the post master and Grama Betty was a school teacher.

Aside – When my mom was a kid, almost every weekend there was a white water rafter or guide having dinner with her and her family.  Vic and Betty Overbeck (my grandparents) welcomed them.  Many boaters put in the river across from her house. My mom and aunts would would serve breakfast to the boaters at times at the Fire hall the Albright fire department.

In 1985, the Cheat River destroyed 110 of the 132 houses in Albright.. my mom’s house being one of them.

Fast forward to today, I frequent the Cheat River whenever possible…to swim along the Alley…

swimming in the rapids

…boat down the Cheat Narrows…

Cheat Narrows Rafting, Albright, West Virginia, Family, Friends

…climb above Devils Den…

Devils Den, Cheat River

….hike on the Allegheny Trail…

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…or craw through some of the hidden caves…

Cheat Canyon, Beaver Hole Cave, Cheat River, West Virginia

… the Cheat Canyon is an old and special place on this earth for everyone to enjoy and protect.


What are the three best things about Cheat Fest?

The River

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The Music,

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and the People.

Albright, Allegheny Trail, Cheat Fest, Cheat River, Cheat River Festival, Events, Friends of the Cheat, Gabe DeWitt, Places, TNC, The Nature Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, West Virginia, photo by Gabe DeWitt, spring


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Cheat River Takes a Turn

Published in Nature Conservancy Magazine

I shot an assignment for The Nature Conservancy last spring featuring several aspects of the Cheat River. This February the story was published in Nature Conservancy magazine including two of my photographs from that assignment. Happy days! Check out the compelling story by Ted O’Callahan called.

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Fasnacht 2016

Fasnacht is the pre-lenten burning of Old Man Winter. It occurs on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and is likened to Mardi Gras, with its roots in the Swiss Winterfest, but with it’s own West Virginia flare. 

When I first arrived in Helvetia 4 years ago, I felt like I’d just traveled back in time a few hundred years, to a small village in the Swiss Alps.

The community is very friendly, as I find in many rural West Virginia towns, and I soon felt accepted by them all (and by accepted I mean, I was treated like family).
Fasnacht Helvetia, WVFasnacht Helvetia, WV

But, to say that Helvetia isn’t up with the times would be a complete farce. Just ask Clara Lehmann & Jonathan Lacocque about they’re company Coat of Arms. Coat of Arms is an original post-production service, including editing, color, motion graphics, visual effects, illustration, scoring, and sound design for film, television, and the web. Out of Helvetia, they’re managing projects all over the world. Check out their amazing work after you finish browsing photos!

 

Fasnacht Helvetia, WV
Fasnacht Helvetia, WV

Unless you have access to Jonathan and Clara’s home wifi, you won’t be asking Siri anything because she can’t hear you over the mountains protecting the town from the buzzing cell phone enabled world. Read more