Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Panorama of Rain Clouds over Sopris after Sunset

A full panorama of the clouds and fading light over Mt Sopris after sunset. Color version next week.

Mt Sopris and Rain Clouds after Sunset (B&W #1), Carbondale, CO (19″x40″)


Rain Clouds over Stillwater Reservoir, CO

Dark storm clouds gather along the ridges above the Stillwater Reservoir on the edge of the Flat Top Wilderness Area in Colorado. A spectacular area to hike around.

Rain Clouds over Stillwater Reservoir (B&W #2), Routt National Forest, CO (14″x22″)


Rain Clouds over Mt Sopris after Sunset

I stuck around Carbondale for a few minutes around sunset to photograph the fading light over Mt Sopris- this mountain rarely disappoints, especially if there are any kind of storm clouds in the area.

Mt Sopris and Rain Clouds after Sunset (B&W #1), Carbondale, CO (15″x22.5″)


Mammatus Clouds over Mt Sopris

I try to take at least a brief trip back to western Colorado every year. While in the area, I usually make an effort to make a few photographs of Mt Sopris, the 12,965 ft mountain near Carbondale/Aspen/Redstone (see annual photographs of the mountain on this website). I was lucky this year to see what, in my experience, is a relatively rare scene of mammatus clouds over the mountain. I included both a black and white and color version of the scene.

Mammatus Clouds over Sopris (#2, B&W), Carbondale, CO (15″x22.5″)

Mammatus Clouds over Sopris (#2, Color), Carbondale, CO (15″x22.5″)


Building Clouds North of Albuquerque

Late spring/early summer clouds build over the desert north of Albuquerque.

Building Spring Clouds North of Albuquerque (2022), outside Albuquerque, NM (21″x46″)


Panorama of Approaching Storm

A series of full panoramas of an approach storm over Albuquerque, New Mexico. I included both color and black and white versions – each seems to have its own focus and strengths.

Approaching Storm over Albuquerque (B&W Panorama #3, 2022), Albuquerque, NM (22″x86″)

Approaching Storm over Albuquerque (Color Panorama #3, 2022), Albuquerque, NM (22″x86″)


Storm Clouds from NM 556

Storm clouds over the Sandia Mountains, shot from NM 556 in the North Valley outside Albuquerque. Two crops- one of them removes the tree in the foreground on the left. Can’t decide which I like more, so I shared both panoramas.

Storm Clouds over Sandias from NM 556 (Color #1, 2022), Albuquerque, New Mexico (20″x54″)

Storm Clouds over Sandias from NM 556 (BW #2, 2022), Albuquerque, New Mexico (20″x40″)


Approaching Storm

I was briefly in New Mexico for a couple of days for work, and I was lucky enough to overlap with a much-needed series of rainy, cool days. Here is one photograph I took of approaching storm clouds over Albuquerque. I purposefully made the focus 95% the sky, with very little hint of ground in the frame.

Approaching Storm (BW #1, 2022), Albuquerque, New Mexico (12″x22″)


Moore Cove Falls from Left Side

Another long-exposure photograph of Moore Cove Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt Pisgah, this time made from below and to the left of the falls. I decided to post both the color and black and white versions- which one do you like more?

Moore Cove Falls from Left (#1, Color), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)

Moore Cove Falls from Left (#2, B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)


Spring Storm Clouds from Devil’s Courthouse

Rain clouds approaching us at Devil’s Courthouse. The dark cloud in the distance over the ridge on the right moved over us and delivered some nice spring rain and thunder as we were hiking near Graveyard Fields about an hour later.

Spring Clouds from Devil’s Courhouse (Single Frame #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (12″x21″)


Panoramic View from Devil’s Courthouse

Last weekend, I took a trip out to the Blue Ridge Parkway- I stopped by the Devil’s Courthouse as some dramatic spring storm clouds were rolling in. The trees at ~4,000-5,000 feet were just about to leaf out, but not quite, so it still looked a bit like late winter on the Parkway.

Spring Clouds from Devil’s Courhouse (Panorama #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (17″x54″)


Falls at Graveyard Fields, BRP, NC

Last autumn, I made a few ‘single-frame’ photographs of the falls around the Graveyard Fields area along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but was generally not happy with these images. I recently came across several panoramic images I had been too busy to work on – much better images in my opinion.

Second Falls at Graveyard Fields (Panorama #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (19″x50″)


Armstrong Redwoods

Looking up at the light between the trees in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in California.

Light Between the Redwoods, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, CA (14″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves, Part 4

A few more long-exposure photographs of the rocks and waves at Bodega Bay, CA.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#9, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#10, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves, Part 3

A few more long-exposure photographs of the rocks and waves at Bodega Bay, CA.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#6, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#7, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves, Part 2

Another 6-second exposure photograph of the rocks and waves at Bodega Bay, CA.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#5, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves

On a recent trip to central California, I spent a morning hiking around the Bodega Head trails and photographing the rocks and waves. This was a 6-second exposure of the waves breaking around the rocks.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#3, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (15″x22.5″)


Sandia Ridge in Clouds

A fin of rock along one of the ridge lines in the Sandia Mountain Range pokes up into the clouds.

Sandia Ridge in Clouds (Single Frame #1, 2021, B&W), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (22.5″x15″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 3

Another panorama of the Sandia foothills as winter storm clouds lift over the Crest. This is one of my favorite sets of photographs from the evening because the brighter foothills and clouds seem to frame the dark mountains. I can’t decide if I like the color or black and white version of the panorama better, so I decided to post both; the clouds appear more dramatic in the black and white version, and the foreground pops out more in the color version. Note the splash of light in the far left mid/background on the foothills.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #8, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x76″)

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #8, 2021, B&W), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x76″)


Long Exposure: Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle

Long-exposure photograph of clouds passing over the ridge line northeast of Craggy Pinnacle Summit along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.

Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W, 121s exposure), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″x22″)


Panoramas of Ridges from Craggy Pinnacle

Panoramas of shadows on the ridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway, shot from Craggy Pinnacle Summit, NC.

Ridges and Shadows from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (20″x67″)

Cloud over Ridges and Shadows from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (20″x54″)


Panorama of Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle

Panorama of light and shadow on the mountains and clouds over the Blue Ridge Parkway, shot from Craggy Pinnacle Summit, NC.

Clouds and Mountains from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (21″x65″)


View of Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle Summit

View looking northeast from Craggy Pinnacle Summit along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC. I’m a sucker for clouds spilling over a ridge.

Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (13″x23″)


Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook (B&W), Oct 2021

Black and white version of a 136s exposure of the view over the fence near the Graybeard Mountain View Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.

Graybeard Mtn View Overlook, Fence, and Clouds (B&W, 136s exp.), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (13″x21)