Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Bridges over Tennessee River, Part 2

More long-exposure photographs of clouds and bridges over the Tennessee River using a 15-stop ND filter. Here, I liked how the leading lines of the clouds and the bridges direct the eye to the right third of the image, but the boardwalk in the foreground leads the eye back to the bridge on the left.

Tennessee River, Bridges, and Clouds (Part 2), Knoxville, TN (14″x21″)


Bridges and Clouds over Tennessee River

Visited Knoxville, TN for the first time a few weeks ago- it was cloudy and moderately chilly. I took a walk along the Tennessee River and used a 15-stop filter to make a few photographs of the passing clouds over the river. So much time and history has passed by this spot.

Tennessee River, Bridges, and Clouds, Knoxville, TN (14″x21″)


Tracks and Self Help, Durham

Buildings and railroad tracks under clouds passing at sunset in downtown Durham, NC. 80s exposure time.

Time and Self Help, Downtown Durham, NC (12″x20″)


Railroad Tracks and Clouds, Durham

Clouds pass over tracks through downtown Durham, NC. 121s exposure time.

Clouds over Tracks, Downtown Durham, NC (15″x15″)


Time Passes

Clouds mark the time passing by. Sometimes it feels slow, sometimes it feels fast. Sometimes we aren’t paying attention. Sometimes it’s all I can think about.

Clouds over White Building, Downtown Durham, NC (15″x22″)


Tree, Field, Passing Clouds in Eastern NC

On my way back from a short trip to the coast late last autumn, a storm blew in on the drive back. The clouds were really moving, so I pulled over on the side of a state highway to make a photograph of the sky over a blank field in front of a tree.

I unfortunately didn’t take the extra 5-10 minutes to walk around and shoot a few angles- I wish I’d moved closer and lower to the ground so the tree was bigger and extended more into the sky. Also, I mis-judged where the clouds were moving, so they lead the eye to the background on the left side of the photo- I think the center would have been better. Even after doing this photography thing for over two decades now, I still don’t get it ‘right’ or exactly the way I want most of the time, but the process is rewarding in itself.

Field, Tree, and Passing Cloud, eastern NC (14″x14″)


ND Awards 2021 Entries

Spent a bit of time thinking this weekend about my ND Awards entries for 2021- decided on the below images:


Dune Light and Shadow- Hatteras Series, Part II

Debris and structures cast shadows across the dunes on Hatteras Island. Second half 6-part photo series:

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #4), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #5), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #6), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)


Dune Light and Shadow- Hatteras Series, Part I

Debris and structures cast shadows across the dunes on Hatteras Island. 6-part photo series, first 3 posted here:

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #1-3), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)


Hatteras Island Sunset at Kite Point, Part II

Lens of light between darkening clouds – ~300 second exposure time to make this image of the moving clouds and water as the light faded.

Lens of Light over Sound between Dark Clouds (B&W), Hatteras Island near Avon, North Carolina (12″x22″)


Hatteras Island at Sunset

121-second exposure of passing clouds at sunset at a set of stairs over the dunes on Hatteras Island. I included one version in black and white, another in color, to emphasize different elements in the scene.

Stairs on Hatteras Island at Sunset (B&W), Hatteras Island, NC (12″x21″)

Stairs on Hatteras Island at Sunset (Color), Hatteras Island, NC (12″x21″)


Passing Clouds over Downtown Durham

A few more long-exposure photographs of passing clouds over the buildings around downtown Durham – these focus more on the architecture, patterns, and contrast between the natural (cloud streaming) and the human-made (buildings) than an earlier post that was more about light and time at sunset.

Lucky Strike and Passing Clouds, Durham, NC (16″x28″)

Windows and Passing Clouds, Durham, NC (16″x16″)


Seagulls on Dock in Fog

Seagulls on wooden dock in fog at Lake Washington. From November, 2019, 40s exposure time.

Gulls on Wooden Dock (B&W), Seattle, WA (10″x18″)


Ocean and Clouds near Emerald Isle, NC

Clouds pass over Bogue Inlet where the White Oak River meets the Atlantic Ocean off the southern tip of Emerald Isle, NC.

90s exposure time, 10-stop ND B+W filter.

White Oak River meets Atlantic Ocean (B&W), near Emerald Isle, NC (12″x18″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 4

More from the Bogue Inlet Pier at sunset.

Bogue Inlet Pier (#9, B&W), Emerald Isle, NC (12″x22″)

Bogue Inlet Pier and Moon, Emerald Isle, NC (15″x15″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 2

Clouds over Bogue Inlet Pier around sunset. I like the color version, but the B&W is nice too. 99s exposure

Bogue Inlet Pier (#5, Color), Emerald Isle, NC (12″x22″)

Bogue Inlet Pier (#5, B&W), Emerald Isle, NC (12″x22″)


Boardwalk over Falls Lake

Boardwalk over Falls Lake along the Mountains to Sea Trail outside Durham, NC.
90s exposure time, 37mm focal length

Boardwalk over Falls Lake at Sunset, outside Durham, NC (15″x22″)


Asheville River Arts District at Sunset

Passing clouds over industrial structures and the French Broad River in Asheville, NC.

Passing Clouds over Warehouse and Tower, Asheville, NC (15″x22″)

Passing Clouds over Bridge and French Broad River, Asheville, NC (13″x22″)


Black Mountain Tower and Warehouse

Re-visited this industrial park in Black Mountain, NC to shoot passing storm clouds in the late evening.

Passing Clouds over Tower in Industrial Park, Black Mountain, NC (15″x22″)

Passing Clouds over Warehouse in Industrial Park, Black Mountain, NC (15″x22″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 1

Atlantic Ocean from under the Bogue Inlet Pier around sunset. 61 second exposure.

Bogue Inlet Pier (#2, B&W), Emerland Isle, NC (12″x22″)


Durham Sunset and Passing Clouds, Part II

Horse grazes in a field beneath moving clouds outside Durham, NC.
361 s exposure.

Grazing Horse and Clouds at Sunset (#1), outside Durham, NC (14″x14″)


Durham Sunset and Passing Clouds

Horse grazes in a field beneath moving clouds outside Durham, NC.
152 s exposure.

Grazing Horse and Clouds at Sunset (#2), outside Durham, NC (14″x14″)


Black Mountain Tower at Night

Tower in an industrial park in Black Mountain, NC near the Black Mountain Ciderworks. 122 second exposure.

Tower in Industrial Park at Night, Black Mountain, NC (12″x18″)


Fall Leaves in B&W (Part 2)

More autumn leaves collected in the woods outside Durham, NC.

Fall Leaves (B&W, Part 2), outside Durham, NC (16″x21″, or up to 37″x40″)