Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “ND

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″)


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″)


Railroad Tracks and Clouds, Durham

Clouds pass over tracks through downtown Durham, NC. 121s exposure time.

Clouds over Tracks, Downtown Durham, NC (15″x15″)


Time Passes

Clouds mark the time passing by. Sometimes it feels slow, sometimes it feels fast. Sometimes we aren’t paying attention. Sometimes it’s all I can think about.

Clouds over White Building, Downtown Durham, NC (15″x22″)


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″)


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″)


Lucky Strike Tower, Durham at Sunset Part II

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″)


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″)


Passing Clouds over Downtown Durham

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″)


Ocean and Clouds near Emerald Isle, NC

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″)


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″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 4

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″)


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″)


Lucky Strike Tower, Durham at Sunset

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″)


Boardwalk over Falls Lake

Boardwalk over Falls Lake along the Mountains to Sea Trail outside Durham, NC.
90s exposure time, 37mm focal length

Boardwalk over Falls Lake at Sunset, outside Durham, NC (15″x22″)


Bogue Inlet Pier, Part 1

Atlantic Ocean from under the Bogue Inlet Pier around sunset. 61 second exposure.

Bogue Inlet Pier (#2, B&W), Emerland Isle, NC (12″x22″)


Durham Sunset and Passing Clouds, Part II

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″)


Durham Sunset and Passing Clouds

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″)


Duke Tower and Passing Clouds

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″)


San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in Fog

Long/bulb exposure of fog lifting off the SFOBB, December, 2019.

SFOBB_Bulb4_BW_WebsiteSizeSFOBB and Fog (#4, B&W), San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)


Torpedo Wharf in Fog, Part 2

Long/bulb exposures of Torpedo Wharf near Golden Gate Bridge.

TorpedoWharf_Bulb3_Mod_BWTorpedo Wharf (#3, B&W), San Francisco, CA (10″x18″)


Torpedo Wharf in Fog, Part 1

Long/bulb exposures of Torpedo Wharf near Golden Gate Bridge.

TorpedoWharf_Bulb1_BWTorpedo Wharf (#1, B&W), San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)

TorpedoWharf_Bulb2_BWTorpedo Wharf (#2, B&W), San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)