Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Color

Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 1

Winter storm clouds obscure the top of the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #1, 2021), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (18″x67″)


Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook, Oct 2021

View over the fence near the Graybeard Mountain View Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC. One exposure is 136 seconds, the other 301 seconds- shot with a 15-stop ND filter.

Graybeard Mtn View Overlook, Fence, and Clouds (136s exposure), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (13″x21)

Graybeard Mtn View Overlook, Fence, and Clouds (301s exposure), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (13″x21)


Grayson Highlands Ridge Views

Several more views of the clouds and receding ridge lines from a summer trip to Grayson Highlands.

Cows Grazing and Receding Ridges under Clouds, Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (12″x21″)

Receding Ridges under Clouds, Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (12″x21″)


Grayson Highlands Panorama, Part 3

Panorama of the ponies under a tree on the ridge trail to Mount Rogers in Grayson Highlands.

Grayson Highlands Ridge and Ponies Panorama (#4, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (16″x50″)


Grayson Highlands Panorama, Part 2

Panorama of the views along the trail to Mount Rogers in Grayson Highlands, this time looking back to the south down the ridge towards the trailhead.

Grayson Highlands Ridge Top Panorama (#7, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (16″x66″)


Grayson Highlands Panorama, Part 1

I haven’t been as focused on panoramic photography recently- instead I’ve been making more single-frame photographs focused on time (long exposure). However, sometimes it is just too hard to capture the magnificent views of a rolling landscape with a single-frame photograph. Here is one of the panoramas I took from the ridge leading up to Mount Rogers from Rhododendron Trail in Grayson Highlands back in the July, 2021.

Grayson Highlands Ridge Top Panorama (#8, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (16″x52″)


Catawba Falls from below

Catawba Falls from pools below the cascades.

Catawba Falls from below, near Old Fort, NC (15″x18″)


Catawba Falls Panorama

Vertical panorama of Catawba Falls from the side of the cascades.

Catawba Falls from side (panorama), near Old Fort, NC (15.5″x22″)


Catawba Falls

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″)


Surf City Fishing Pier at Sunset

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″)


Under Surf City Fishing Pier

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″)


Seaview Fishing Pier before Sunset

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″)


Topsail Island and Morning Clouds

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″)


Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands, Part 3

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″)


Cabin Creek, Grayson Highlands, VA

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″)


Spouting Rock and Stream

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″)


Spouting Rock, Hanging Lake, June 2021

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.

Spouting Rock (Color, 2021), Glenwood Canyon, Colorado (14″x21″)

Falls near Mortimer Campground, NC (Color)

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″)


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″)


Trees in Shallows at Hatteras Inlet, NC

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″)


Hatteras Island Sunset, Kite Point

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″)


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″)


Lucky Strike Tower, Durham at Sunset Part II

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″)


Parking Deck and Passing Clouds over Downtown Durham

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″)