Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “Color

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, 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, 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″)


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″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 3

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″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 2

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″)


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″)


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″)


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″)