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″)
Another angle on the Lucky Strike Tower at sunset- image made back in December, 2020. I wanted to include more of the industrial building tops in the foreground on this one. 132s exposure time.
Lucky Strike Tower at Sunset (#2), Durham, NC (13″x21″)
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″)
A few more long-exposure photographs of passing clouds over the buildings around downtown Durham – these focus more on the architecture, patterns, and contrast between the natural (cloud streaming) and the human-made (buildings) than an earlier post that was more about light and time at sunset.
Lucky Strike and Passing Clouds, Durham, NC (16″x28″)
Windows and Passing Clouds, Durham, NC (16″x16″)
Seagulls on wooden dock in fog at Lake Washington. From November, 2019, 40s exposure time.
Gulls on Wooden Dock (B&W), Seattle, WA (10″x18″)
Clouds pass over Bogue Inlet where the White Oak River meets the Atlantic Ocean off the southern tip of Emerald Isle, NC.
90s exposure time, 10-stop ND B+W filter.
White Oak River meets Atlantic Ocean (B&W), near Emerald Isle, NC (12″x18″)
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″)
More from the Bogue Inlet Pier at sunset.
Bogue Inlet Pier (#9, B&W), Emerald Isle, NC (12″x22″)
Bogue Inlet Pier and Moon, Emerald Isle, NC (15″x15″)
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″)
A few weeks ago, I decided to scout out the Lucky Strike tower in downtown Durham for future photographs – I didn’t plan on any shots turning out well on my first visit, but when I got on the second parking deck, I found the light and passing clouds were just right for a few ~3 minute exposures. Here’s my favorite.
Lucky Strike Tower at Sunset, Durham, NC (16″x28″)
Passing clouds over industrial structures and the French Broad River in Asheville, NC.
Passing Clouds over Warehouse and Tower, Asheville, NC (15″x22″)
Passing Clouds over Bridge and French Broad River, Asheville, NC (13″x22″)
Re-visited this industrial park in Black Mountain, NC to shoot passing storm clouds in the late evening.
Passing Clouds over Tower in Industrial Park, Black Mountain, NC (15″x22″)
Passing Clouds over Warehouse in Industrial Park, Black Mountain, NC (15″x22″)
Atlantic Ocean from under the Bogue Inlet Pier around sunset. 61 second exposure.
Bogue Inlet Pier (#2, B&W), Emerland Isle, NC (12″x22″)
Horse grazes in a field beneath moving clouds outside Durham, NC.
361 s exposure.
Grazing Horse and Clouds at Sunset (#1), outside Durham, NC (14″x14″)
Horse grazes in a field beneath moving clouds outside Durham, NC.
152 s exposure.
Grazing Horse and Clouds at Sunset (#2), outside Durham, NC (14″x14″)
Tower in an industrial park in Black Mountain, NC near the Black Mountain Ciderworks. 122 second exposure.
Tower in Industrial Park at Night, Black Mountain, NC (12″x18″)
Still trying to find a balance between work, pandemic, and getting out to take photographs in a new location after moving across the country. I recently started taking my camera and tripod in my backpack when I go out cycling, and I was near this tower around sunset yesterday when I decided to stop and take a ~2 minute exposure of the clouds passing over the structure- I love the contrast of the incredibly straight, human-made lines against the smoothed passing clouds in the sky.
Duke Tower and Passing Clouds at Sunset (#1, B&W), Durham, NC (14″x21″)
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″)
While driving across the country in June, I stopped in Carbondale, Colorado to take my annual photograph of Mt Sopris. This time I decided to make the long shadows across the field an abstract, black foreground element. Exposure time was ~4-5 minutes with a 10-stop ND filter to get a little blur in the passing clouds.
Mt Sopris, Shadow, and Clouds (B&W, Bulb), near Carbondale, CO (7″x16″)
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″)