Landscape and Panoramic Photography

long exposure

Summersville/Gauley River Falls, Part 1

On a recent climbing trip to the New River Gorge area in West Virginia, we hiked past a set of falls on our way to the cliffs along the shore of Lake Summersville. I stopped and set up my camera to make a few long-exposure photographs of the falls on our walk back to the car. Note the old wooden ladder that used to be used to access the area, and the new stairs next to it (much less scary to descend!).

Lake Summserville Falls (#1, Color, Full Frame), Summersville, WV (15″x22.5″)


Falls and Logs on the Wind River

Cascades on the Wind River flow under logs outside Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Wind River Falls and Logs (#2, Vertical), Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (15″x22.5″)


Falls on the Wind River outside Estes Park, CO

The Wind River cascades over rocks and under logs outside Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Wind River Falls, Logs, and Rocks (#1, Vertical), Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (15″x22.5″)


Moore Cove Falls from Left Side

Another long-exposure photograph of Moore Cove Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt Pisgah, this time made from below and to the left of the falls. I decided to post both the color and black and white versions- which one do you like more?

Moore Cove Falls from Left (#1, Color), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)

Moore Cove Falls from Left (#2, B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)


Moore Cove Falls from Right Side

Another long-exposure photograph of Moore Cove Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt Pisgah, this time made from below and to the right of the falls.

Moore Cove Falls from Right (#1, Vertical), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)


Moore Cove Falls

Moore Cove Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt Pisgah.

Moore Cove Falls (#1, Vertical), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)


Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields

Another photograph of the Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields, also made with a 10-stop ND filter. This time I decided to get closer to the bottom of the falls to try to capture the whole series of cascades in one (non-panoramic) image.

Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″22.5″)


Panorama of Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields

After taking a brief hike up to Devil’s Courthouse, we drove to Graveyard Fields and walked to the Upper Falls- lovely scenery, and a beautiful set of falls at the end of the hike. With a 10-stop ND filter, I made a series of 5-second exposures of the falls as they cascade over the rocks and around the corner.

Upper Falls at Graveyard Fields (Panorama #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (18″x45″)


Falls at Graveyard Fields, BRP, NC

Last autumn, I made a few ‘single-frame’ photographs of the falls around the Graveyard Fields area along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but was generally not happy with these images. I recently came across several panoramic images I had been too busy to work on – much better images in my opinion.

Second Falls at Graveyard Fields (Panorama #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (19″x50″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves, Part 4

A few more long-exposure photographs of the rocks and waves at Bodega Bay, CA.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#9, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#10, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves, Part 3

A few more long-exposure photographs of the rocks and waves at Bodega Bay, CA.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#6, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#7, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves, Part 2

Another 6-second exposure photograph of the rocks and waves at Bodega Bay, CA.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#5, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (12″x21″)


Bodega Head Rocks and Waves

On a recent trip to central California, I spent a morning hiking around the Bodega Head trails and photographing the rocks and waves. This was a 6-second exposure of the waves breaking around the rocks.

Bodega Head Rocks and Waves (#3, Color), Bodega Bay, CA (15″x22.5″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 5

After shooting a several panoramas, I used my ND filter to make a few long-exposure photographs of the passing winter storm. I shot a series, ranging from 30 seconds to 6-7 minutes. There wasn’t enough blur in the clouds at <30-60 seconds, and at >3-4 minutes the clouds started losing most of their texture/blur, so I decided to share the 61s and 91s exposures.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (ND Single Frame 61s, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (15″x22.5″)

Sandias and Winter Clouds (ND Single Frame 91s, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (15″x22.5″)


Long Exposure: Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle

Long-exposure photograph of clouds passing over the ridge line northeast of Craggy Pinnacle Summit along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.

Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W, 121s exposure), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (15″x22″)


Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook (B&W), Oct 2021

Black and white version of a 136s exposure of the view over the fence near the Graybeard Mountain View Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.

Graybeard Mtn View Overlook, Fence, and Clouds (B&W, 136s exp.), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (13″x21)


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)


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″)


Seaview Fishing Pier after Sunset

Clouds moving over the Seaview Fishing Pier after sunset- the top image is ~2 minute exposure time, and the bottom image is ~3 minute exposure time.

Seaview Fishing Pier and Lights after Sunset (long exposure), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)

Seaview 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″)


Rain Clouds over Seaview Fishing Pier

After making a series of long-exposure photographs focused on the movement in the clouds and water, I decided to make a panorama that highlights the texture in the clouds and the streaks of rain over the ocean. I chose a half-second exposure time to get some blur in the water and people walking by on the beach to better emphasize the clouds and pier.

Rain Clouds over Ocean near Seaview Fishing Pier, Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x42″)