Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Color

Fall Leaves in B&W and Color (2020, Part 1)

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)


Sunset and Clouds from Mt Mitchell

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″)


Layers of Light at Sunset from Mt Mitchell

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″)


Sunset at Summit of Mt Mitchell

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″)


Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook

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, NC

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″)


Streaming Clouds over Mt Mitchell after Sunset

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.

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Mt Mitchell and Streaming Clouds after Sunset, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (9″x16″)

 


Eastern Colorado Thunderstorm, Part 2

Another panorama of storms over the eastern Colorado plains off I-70 on County Road 134.

StormClouds_Glow_Pano3_WebsiteSizeStorm Clouds and Glow on Horizon (Panorama #3), near Agate, CO (16″x37″)


Eastern Colorado Thunderstorm

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!

StormCloudsHorizonGlow_Agate_CO_2020Storm Clouds and Glow on Horizon, near Agate, CO (16″x55″)


Warped Wooden Dock, Part II

Long exposure of warped wooden dock along the shores of Lake Washington.

BoatLaunchDock1_BW_WebsiteSizeWarped Dock at Stan Sayres Memorial Park (B&W, #1), Seattle, WA (10″x18″)


Warped Wooden Dock and Fog at Stan Sayres Memorial Park

Long exposure of passing morning rain clouds and fog over a warped wooden dock along the shores of Lake Washington.

 

StanSayres_WoodenDock_Straight_BWWarped Dock and Fog at Stan Sayres Memorial Park (B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)

 

StanSayres_WoodenDock_Angle_ColorAngled Warped Dock and Fog at Stan Sayres Memorial Park (Color), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)


Spring Rain Clouds over Downtown Seattle

Spring rain clouds pass over the Seattle skyline. Note the lack of cars on I-5 at ~4PM.

JPRBridge-Clouds_Pano1_March31_2020Clouds over Downtown Seattle from JPR Bridge, Seattle, WA (16″x28″)


Salt Flats and Fog along Washington Coast

Fog rolling in off the Pacific over salt flats at Twin Harbors State Park.

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Fog, Winter Sky, and Salt Flats, Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x18″)

 


Winter Light at Twin Harbors State Park

In January, I took a weekend trip to Twin Harbors State Park. Absolutely beautiful, empty salt flats and coast line.

TwinHarbors_Dunes_Grass_ColorGrass and Winter Light, Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x18″)

 

TwinHarbors_Dunes_Grass_BW_1x1Dunes, Grass, Winter Light (B&W), Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x12″)

 


Snoqualmie Falls Panorama

Panorama of Snoqualmie Falls- wish I had included a bit more foreground as the bottom of the ravine feels cut off in this one. I’ll have to take another trip out there when it’s more foggy/cloudy so I don’t get that burned out white spot in the sky!

SnoqualmieFalls_Color_Pano1Snoqualmie Falls in Late Winter (Color Panorama #1), Snoqualmie, WA (16″x28″)

 


Views from Dirty Harry’s Balcony

View from Dirty Harry’s Balcony of winter clouds over I-90 and the Cascades between Seattle and Snoqualmie Pass.

DirtyHarryBalcony_Pano3_ColorClouds over I-90 from Dirty Harry’s Balcony (#3, Color),
near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x44″)

DirtyHarryBalcony_Pano9_ColorClouds over I-90 from Dirty Harry’s Balcony (#3, Color),
near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x44″)


Hike to Dirty Harry’s Balcony

Mid-January rain clouds gather on the I-90 corridor between Seattle and Snoqualmie Pass. Views from the hike to Dirty Harry’s Balcony.

DirtyHarryBalcony_Clouds_Pano1_Color_2020Clouds over I-90 from Hike to Dirty Harry’s Balcony,
near Snoqualmie Pass, WA (16″x44″)


Bosque del Apache Sunset

Around sunset, geese begin to return to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge after spending the day in fields throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley.

BosqueDelApache_Pano1_2019Bosque del Apache Sunset (#1), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x39″)

BosqueDelApache_Pano2_2019Bosque del Apache Sunset (#2), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x36″)


Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road

Waves crash against cliffs and recede back to the ocean at the Bay of Islands along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne, Australia.

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Waves and Cliffs, Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road, Australia (12″x18″)


London Bridge, Great Ocean Road

A spring storm blowing in off the Southern Ocean made long-exposure photography a challenge while I was visiting the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I ended up shooting about four replicates of each composition, using my body as a windbreak and hoping that everything wouldn’t turn out blurry.

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London Bridge and Waves, Great Ocean Road, Australia (12″x12″)


Rays of Light at Sunset over Auckland

Looking back towards Auckland from Waiheke Island at sunset.

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Light through Clouds over Auckland at Sunset, Waiheke, New Zealand (4″x16″)

 


Canola Fields outside Avenel, Australia

In October, I was driving around the countryside north of Melbourne (near Avenel) and had to stop to photograph a few canola fields in full spring bloom.

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Canola Fields, Tree, and Sky, near Avenel, Australia (12″x18″)


Fog and Falls along Talapus Lake Trail

The light took on a silver quality as the fog thickened on my hike down from Talapus Lake so I decided to stop and photograph the stream flowing out of the lake.

 

TalapusLakeTrail_Stream_Fog_Moss_Vertical_ColorFog, Falls, and Trees near Talapus Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)

 

TalapusLakeTrail_Stream_Fog_Moss_Panorama_Color.jpgFog, Falls, and Moss near Talapus Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (16″x36″)

 


Fog in Trees along Talapus Lake Trail, Part 2

A brief thinning of the fog/clouds allowed a few beams of light to penetrate the trees and shine on the moss along the Talapus Lake Trail.

TalapusLake_Fog_Moss_TreeTrunksFog, Tree Trunks, and Light on Moss, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)