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″)
The setting sun peaked out from behind rain clouds, casting yellow and gold beams of light onto the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Layered Mountains, Clouds, Light (Panorama #8), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x52″)
Rain clouds and fog draped over the ridge north of Mt Mitchell just after sunset.
Clouds and Fog at Sunset (Panorama #2), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x43″)
Since moving to North Carolina, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt Mitchell a few times. Every time I drive by this overlook, I think about photographing the dead tree hanging over the steep hillside just off the road. I’m still trying to get the composition right- this is getting close, but not quite there. Rain clouds were moving in when I set up to shoot this panorama, which provided a nice backdrop for the trees.
Lone Tree Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (16″x43″)
Roaring Fork Creek Falls near the base of Mt Mitchell, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest. I liked the zig-zag path the water takes down the rocks.
Roaring Fork Creek Falls (Panorama), Pisgah National Forest, NC (16″x36″)
Roaring Fork Creek Falls (Single Frame), Pisgah National Forest, NC (12″x18″)
Clouds streaming over Mt Mitchell as the sun’s light fades from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Exposure time was ~5 minutes to allow blurring of the moving clouds.
Mt Mitchell and Streaming Clouds after Sunset, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (9″x16″)
Another panorama of storms over the eastern Colorado plains off I-70 on County Road 134.
Storm Clouds and Glow on Horizon (Panorama #3), near Agate, CO (16″x37″)
I recently drove from Washington State to North Carolina. It was a haul, but there were some fantastic storms in Colorado. After passing through a wild hail/rain/thunderstorm in Denver, I pulled off I-70 on County Road 134 (near Agate) to photograph the surrounding storm clouds. There’s unfortunately no strong foreground element in this panorama, but I hope the texture of the boiling storm clouds is enough eye candy!
Storm Clouds and Glow on Horizon, near Agate, CO (16″x55″)
Long exposure of warped wooden dock along the shores of Lake Washington.
Warped Dock at Stan Sayres Memorial Park (B&W, #1), Seattle, WA (10″x18″)
Long exposure of passing morning rain clouds and fog over a warped wooden dock along the shores of Lake Washington.
Warped Dock and Fog at Stan Sayres Memorial Park (B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Angled Warped Dock and Fog at Stan Sayres Memorial Park (Color), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Spring rain clouds pass over the Seattle skyline. Note the lack of cars on I-5 at ~4PM.
Clouds over Downtown Seattle from JPR Bridge, Seattle, WA (16″x28″)
Fog rolling in off the Pacific over salt flats at Twin Harbors State Park.
Fog, Winter Sky, and Salt Flats, Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x18″)
In January, I took a weekend trip to Twin Harbors State Park. Absolutely beautiful, empty salt flats and coast line.
Grass and Winter Light, Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x18″)
Dunes, Grass, Winter Light (B&W), Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x12″)