Winter storm clouds obscure the top of the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #1, 2021), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (18″x67″)
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)
Several more views of the clouds and receding ridge lines from a summer trip to Grayson Highlands.
Cows Grazing and Receding Ridges under Clouds, Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (12″x21″)
Receding Ridges under Clouds, Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (12″x21″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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.
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)