Views of Catawba Falls from the side of the cascades in the middle of the falls.
Catawba Falls from side, near Old Fort, NC (15″x23″)
Four-minute exposure of clouds above the Surf City fishing pier. I tilted the camera up, and I was using a wide-angle lens, so the edges of the pier appear to tilt towards the center of the frame (or the pier is just really old and needs repair).
Surf City Fishing Pier at Sunset (long exposure), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
30-second exposure of waves under the Surf City fishing pier. I can’t decide if I like the color version or the black and white version more- the color version seems to emphasize the mid-ground elements, whereas the black and white version draws the eye in with the patterns formed by the legs of the pier.
Under the Surf City Fishing Pier (Color), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
Under the Surf City Fishing Pier (B&W), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
Two-minute exposure of clouds moving in over the Seaview Fishing Pier just before sunset.
Seaview Fishing Pier before Sunset (long exposure), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
I recently took a trip to the Topsail Beach, a barrier island along the North Carolina coast. The first morning, I brought along my camera to explore the differences in focus and texture in the clouds, water, and sand using various exposure times.
Topsail Island Clouds (short exposure: 1/80s), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
Topsail Island Clouds (long exposure: 2 minutes), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
Topsail Island Clouds (long exposure: 4 minutes), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)
I like black and white for emphasizing the abstract, patterns, texture, and form, but a splash of color can often bring some extra depth to landscape photographs. See last week’s post for the black and white versions.
Cabin Creek Falls (Foreground, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)
Cabin Creek Falls and Rock (Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (22″x15″)
Early in July, I spent the weekend camping and hiking around Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia. Although I think the really spectacular open views of the landscape are found along the Massie Gap – Wilburn Ridge – Mt Rogers trail, there is a nice, relative short (~2-3 miles) loop hike down in the valley near the ridge that goes to Cabin Creek Falls. We decided to hike clockwise around the loop (I’d go this direction again so I can see the falls as I hike up to them along the stream), and I stopped briefly at this small set of falls (not the ‘actual’ Cabin Creek Falls) thinking this was the ‘big attraction’. Cabin Creek Falls next week.
Cascading Water below Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)
A vertical panorama of the stream and falls above Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. This panorama is composed of three horizontal single-frame images stitched together so I could capture the mini-falls and stream in the foreground below where I was standing as well as Spouting Rock in front/above.
Spouting Rock and Stream (B&W, 2021), Hanging Lake, Glenwood Canyon, CO (19″x20.5″)
There is a long history in my family of hiking up to Hanging Lake and Spouting Rock- my maternal grandmother had heart problems and still managed to make her way up to the lake most years up until she died. After the fire in the summer of 2020 in Glenwood Canyon, I expected the vegetation to be burned out, but most of the trees are still standing in the canyon. There is an occasional charred tree trunk that has fallen into the canyon along the trail, but most of the area around the trail made it through unscathed. Despite the heat wave, it was a nice walk up to the lake. I hope the remainder of the canyon recovers from the fire- the scrub oak are already regrowing.
Color version of the falls upstream from Mortimer Campground (black and white last week). I go back and forth about which I like more. There’s a bit more depth in the color I think.
Falls above Mortimer Campground (Color), near Collettsville, NC (15″x15″)
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″)
Shot from a stretch of quiet coastline west of the US Coast Guard station on Hatteras: long-exposure photograph of small islands and trees on the Sound side of the Outer Banks. 25-second exposure.
Trees in Shallows (Color), Hatteras Inlet, Outer Banks, NC (12″x22″)
I stopped near Kite Point between Avon and Buxton on Hatteras Island to make a few images of some pretty fantastic light reflecting off the Sound north/west of the barrier islands – I particularly liked the small structure out on the Sound in the center of the photograph along the horizon line. I shot this at ~1 second exposure time- wish I’d gone for ~30 seconds to really flatten out the water, but the light was changing so quickly that I didn’t have a change to get my filters out and set up properly in time.
Sunset over Sound near Kite Point (#1, Color), Hatteras Island, North Carolina (14″x22″)
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″)
Another angle on the Lucky Strike Tower at sunset- image made back in December, 2020. I wanted to include more of the industrial building tops in the foreground on this one. 132s exposure time.
Lucky Strike Tower at Sunset (#2), Durham, NC (13″x21″)
Another long-exposure photograph of passing clouds over the buildings around downtown Durham – I decided to go for the partially desaturated look instead of the color emphasis (previous sunset photograph) or the all black and white from a few weeks ago. 136s exposure time with an ND filter.
Parking Deck, Passing Clouds, and Lucky Strike Tower, Durham, NC (16″x16″)
Late in 2020, I went out for a bike ride between a series of chilly rain showers. While passing through a low-lying area, I noticed the fog hugging the ground in a flooded forest along Mud Creek. Hope you get a sense for the atmosphere that evening.
Fog and Flooded Forest, outside Durham, NC (16″x16″)
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″)
Playing with exposure time. Basically the same subject and composition, but one photograph is made using a 10-stop ND filter, the other with a polarizing filter, which is ~2 stops. Both images get some amount of blur in the water, but one photograph has a 30-second exposure time, the other 1/6 second. I think a split down the middle (~2 seconds) may have actually been nicer, but I didn’t do it because I didn’t have a mid-range filter!
Falls along East Fork Pigeon River (10-Stop ND Filter), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (12″x18″)
Falls along East Fork Pigeon River (Polarizing Filter), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (12″x18″)
Clouds over Bogue Inlet Pier around sunset, shot from the other side of the pier. 121 second exposure.
Bogue Inlet Pier (#6, Color), Emerald Isle, NC (12″x22″)
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″)
A few weeks ago, I decided to scout out the Lucky Strike tower in downtown Durham for future photographs – I didn’t plan on any shots turning out well on my first visit, but when I got on the second parking deck, I found the light and passing clouds were just right for a few ~3 minute exposures. Here’s my favorite.
Lucky Strike Tower at Sunset, Durham, NC (16″x28″)
Found a few leaves in the woods that are starting to change color and rot. Scanned on my Epson film/flatbed scanner, which enables me to get a ridiculously high-resolution image that can really bring out the texture in the leaves (each of the images below is ~20″x~30″). Looking forward to more autumn leaves in the coming weeks!
Autumn Leaves (Part1, 2020), outside Durham, NC (20″x30″ each)
Light from the setting sun shines below the clouds over the Blue Ridge Mountains, shot from the summit of Mt Mitchell, NC. Similar to last week’s post, but I wanted to zoom in on the clouds and mountains and crop out the tree tops in the foreground.
Layered Mountains, Clouds, Light (Panorama #6), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x39″)