Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Spring Storm Clouds from Devil’s Courthouse

Rain clouds approaching us at Devil’s Courthouse. The dark cloud in the distance over the ridge on the right moved over us and delivered some nice spring rain and thunder as we were hiking near Graveyard Fields about an hour later.

Spring Clouds from Devil’s Courhouse (Single Frame #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (12″x21″)


Panoramic View from Devil’s Courthouse

Last weekend, I took a trip out to the Blue Ridge Parkway- I stopped by the Devil’s Courthouse as some dramatic spring storm clouds were rolling in. The trees at ~4,000-5,000 feet were just about to leaf out, but not quite, so it still looked a bit like late winter on the Parkway.

Spring Clouds from Devil’s Courhouse (Panorama #1), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (17″x54″)


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″)


Armstrong Redwoods

Looking up at the light between the trees in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in California.

Light Between the Redwoods, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, CA (14″x21″)


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 Ridge in Clouds

A fin of rock along one of the ridge lines in the Sandia Mountain Range pokes up into the clouds.

Sandia Ridge in Clouds (Single Frame #1, 2021, B&W), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (22.5″x15″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 3

Another panorama of the Sandia foothills as winter storm clouds lift over the Crest. This is one of my favorite sets of photographs from the evening because the brighter foothills and clouds seem to frame the dark mountains. I can’t decide if I like the color or black and white version of the panorama better, so I decided to post both; the clouds appear more dramatic in the black and white version, and the foreground pops out more in the color version. Note the splash of light in the far left mid/background on the foothills.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #8, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x76″)

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #8, 2021, B&W), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x76″)


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″)


Panoramas of Ridges from Craggy Pinnacle

Panoramas of shadows on the ridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway, shot from Craggy Pinnacle Summit, NC.

Ridges and Shadows from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (20″x67″)

Cloud over Ridges and Shadows from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (20″x54″)


Panorama of Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle

Panorama of light and shadow on the mountains and clouds over the Blue Ridge Parkway, shot from Craggy Pinnacle Summit, NC.

Clouds and Mountains from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (21″x65″)


View of Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle Summit

View looking northeast from Craggy Pinnacle Summit along the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC. I’m a sucker for clouds spilling over a ridge.

Clouds from Craggy Pinnacle Summit (B&W), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (13″x23″)


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)


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″)


Seaview Fishing Pier at Sunset

Two photographs I made recently from below the Seaview Fishing Pier, North Topsail Island: one is a relatively short (~1/8s) exposure, the other a longer (61s) exposure. I think I like the more minimalist look of the longer exposure to ‘flatten’ or ‘fog’ the water, which eliminates the texture in the waves and clouds and helps to emphasize the repeating pattern in the pier.

Seaview Fishing Pier and Waves (short exposure), Topsail Island, North Carolina (12″x21″)

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


Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands, Part 2

A few more angles on the Cabin Creek Falls. Again, I ended up only working on several of the photographs I made while standing in the water- the angles from the rocks just weren’t quite as good.

Cabin Creek Falls (Foreground, B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)

Cabin Creek Falls and Rock (B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (22″x15″)


Cabin Creek Falls, Grayson Highlands, Part 1

I decided to wade around in the water to make several of these photographs of Cabin Creek Falls in Grayson Highlands – glad I got my feet wet. I’d rather be in the water with a tripod than balanced on a slippery rock or try to hop across moss-covered boulders.

Cabin Creek Falls (Mid-ground, B&W), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (15″x22″)

Cabin Creek Falls and Mini Falls (B&W), 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″)


Panorama of Crater Lake and Maroon Bells

Crater Lake, Maroon Bells, and Passing Clouds (B&W, 2021), White River National Forest, CO (16″x51″)


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″)