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″)
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″)
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″)
Spent a bit of time thinking this weekend about my ND Awards entries for 2021- decided on the below images:
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
Panorama of clouds and a window in the clouds, shot from the top of Mt Mitchell, NC.
Panorama of Clouds at the Summit of Mt Mitchell, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (16″x49″)
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.
Hole in the Clouds at the Summit of Mt Mitchell, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC (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″)
Spring clouds and nearly empty roads around rush hour at the Jose P Rizal Bridge in Seattle.
Jose P Rizal Bridge and Clouds (B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x12″)
Long exposure of winter storm coming in from the Pacific at Westport Jetty near Twin Harbors State Park, Washington.
Westport Jetty and Clouds at Sunset (B&W), Westport, WA (10″x18″)
Stumps and logs embedded in the sand at Twin Harbors State Park, Washington.
Stump in Waves (#3, B&W), Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x12″)
Fog rolling in off the Pacific over salt flats at Twin Harbors State Park.
Fog, Winter Sky, and Salt Flats, Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x18″)
In January, I took a weekend trip to Twin Harbors State Park. Absolutely beautiful, empty salt flats and coast line.
Grass and Winter Light, Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x18″)
Dunes, Grass, Winter Light (B&W), Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x12″)
Waves crash against cliffs and recede back to the ocean at the Bay of Islands along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne, Australia.
Waves and Cliffs, Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road, Australia (12″x18″)
Looking back towards Auckland from Waiheke Island at sunset.
Light through Clouds over Auckland at Sunset, Waiheke, New Zealand (4″x16″)
On a trip to Australia in October, I stopped for a few days in New Zealand and took the ferry over to Waiheke Island. Early spring in the Auckland area is fantastic for photography- passing rain storms, moody clouds, and some sunshine. I loved it and would love to go back.
Clouds over Island, near Waiheke, New Zealand (12″x18″)
In October, I was driving around the countryside north of Melbourne (near Avenel) and had to stop to photograph a few canola fields in full spring bloom.
Canola Fields, Tree, and Sky, near Avenel, Australia (12″x18″)
Back in late August, I decided to head down to the Lake Washington shore to photograph a new subject before sunrise. Passing morning clouds provided a nice linear structure in the sky for these 3-5 minute exposures.
Submerged Tree Branches in Lake Washington at Sunrise (BW),
Seattle, WA (12″x16″)
Submerged Tree Branches in Lake Washington at Sunrise (Color),
Seattle, WA (12″x18″)