Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Grayson Highlands Panorama, Part 3

Panorama of the ponies under a tree on the ridge trail to Mount Rogers in Grayson Highlands.

Grayson Highlands Ridge and Ponies Panorama (#4, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (16″x50″)


Grayson Highlands Panorama, Part 2

Panorama of the views along the trail to Mount Rogers in Grayson Highlands, this time looking back to the south down the ridge towards the trailhead.

Grayson Highlands Ridge Top Panorama (#7, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (16″x66″)


Grayson Highlands Panorama, Part 1

I haven’t been as focused on panoramic photography recently- instead I’ve been making more single-frame photographs focused on time (long exposure). However, sometimes it is just too hard to capture the magnificent views of a rolling landscape with a single-frame photograph. Here is one of the panoramas I took from the ridge leading up to Mount Rogers from Rhododendron Trail in Grayson Highlands back in the July, 2021.

Grayson Highlands Ridge Top Panorama (#8, Color), Grayson Highlands State Park, VA (16″x52″)


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″)


Bridges over Tennessee River, Part 2

More long-exposure photographs of clouds and bridges over the Tennessee River using a 15-stop ND filter. Here, I liked how the leading lines of the clouds and the bridges direct the eye to the right third of the image, but the boardwalk in the foreground leads the eye back to the bridge on the left.

Tennessee River, Bridges, and Clouds (Part 2), Knoxville, TN (14″x21″)


Bridges and Clouds over Tennessee River

Visited Knoxville, TN for the first time a few weeks ago- it was cloudy and moderately chilly. I took a walk along the Tennessee River and used a 15-stop filter to make a few photographs of the passing clouds over the river. So much time and history has passed by this spot.

Tennessee River, Bridges, and Clouds, Knoxville, TN (14″x21″)


Tree, Field, Passing Clouds in Eastern NC

On my way back from a short trip to the coast late last autumn, a storm blew in on the drive back. The clouds were really moving, so I pulled over on the side of a state highway to make a photograph of the sky over a blank field in front of a tree.

I unfortunately didn’t take the extra 5-10 minutes to walk around and shoot a few angles- I wish I’d moved closer and lower to the ground so the tree was bigger and extended more into the sky. Also, I mis-judged where the clouds were moving, so they lead the eye to the background on the left side of the photo- I think the center would have been better. Even after doing this photography thing for over two decades now, I still don’t get it ‘right’ or exactly the way I want most of the time, but the process is rewarding in itself.

Field, Tree, and Passing Cloud, eastern NC (14″x14″)


ND Awards 2021 Entries

Spent a bit of time thinking this weekend about my ND Awards entries for 2021- decided on the below images:


Dune Light and Shadow- Hatteras Series, Part II

Debris and structures cast shadows across the dunes on Hatteras Island. Second half 6-part photo series:

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #4), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #5), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #6), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)


Dune Light and Shadow- Hatteras Series, Part I

Debris and structures cast shadows across the dunes on Hatteras Island. 6-part photo series, first 3 posted here:

Dune and Shadows (B&W, #1-3), Hatteras, North Carolina (15″x22″)


Hatteras Island Sunset at Kite Point, Part II

Lens of light between darkening clouds – ~300 second exposure time to make this image of the moving clouds and water as the light faded.

Lens of Light over Sound between Dark Clouds (B&W), Hatteras Island near Avon, North Carolina (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″)


Hatteras Island at Sunset

121-second exposure of passing clouds at sunset at a set of stairs over the dunes on Hatteras Island. I included one version in black and white, another in color, to emphasize different elements in the scene.

Stairs on Hatteras Island at Sunset (B&W), Hatteras Island, NC (12″x21″)

Stairs on Hatteras Island at Sunset (Color), Hatteras Island, NC (12″x21″)


East Fork Pigeon River, Blue Ridge Parkway

Playing with exposure time. Basically the same subject and composition, but one photograph is made using a 10-stop ND filter, the other with a polarizing filter, which is ~2 stops. Both images get some amount of blur in the water, but one photograph has a 30-second exposure time, the other 1/6 second. I think a split down the middle (~2 seconds) may have actually been nicer, but I didn’t do it because I didn’t have a mid-range filter!

Falls along East Fork Pigeon River (10-Stop ND Filter), Blue Ridge Parkway, NC (12″x18″)

Falls along East Fork Pigeon River (Polarizing Filter), Blue Ridge Parkway, 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″)

 


Panorama of Clouds at Mt Mitchell

Panorama of clouds and a window in the clouds, shot from the top of Mt Mitchell, NC.

MtMitchell_CloudsWindow_BW_Panorama_WebsiteSizePanorama of Clouds at the Summit of Mt Mitchell, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (16″x49″)

 


Window in Fog at Mt Mitchell

Nice and cool at the summit of Mt Mitchell (6,684 feet elevation), even in late July in North Carolina. The top of the mountain was draped in a beautiful fog/cloud, with a few brief windows that revealed views of the surrounding landscape. Full panorama next week.

MtMitchellSummit_HoleInClouds_SingleFrame_BW_WebsitesizeHole in the Clouds at the Summit of Mt Mitchell, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (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″)


Empty Roads and Spring Clouds, Seattle

Spring clouds and nearly empty roads around rush hour at the Jose P Rizal Bridge in Seattle.

JPRBridge_Road_BW_1x1_March312020Jose P Rizal Bridge and Clouds (B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x12″)


Winter Storm Approaches Westport Jetty

Long exposure of winter storm coming in from the Pacific at Westport Jetty near Twin Harbors State Park, Washington.

WestportJetty_Sunset_BW_HorizontalWestport Jetty and Clouds at Sunset (B&W), Westport, WA (10″x18″)

 


Washington Coastline in Winter

Stumps and logs embedded in the sand at Twin Harbors State Park, Washington.

TwinHarbors_Log_Waves_longexposure_BW3Stump in Waves (#3, B&W), Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x12″)

 


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″)