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″)
Clouds pass over tracks through downtown Durham, NC. 121s exposure time.
Clouds over Tracks, Downtown Durham, NC (15″x15″)
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″)
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″)
Late in 2020, I went out for a bike ride between a series of chilly rain showers. While passing through a low-lying area, I noticed the fog hugging the ground in a flooded forest along Mud Creek. Hope you get a sense for the atmosphere that evening.
Fog and Flooded Forest, outside 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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
More autumn leaves collected in the woods outside Durham, NC.
Fall Leaves (B&W, Part 2), outside Durham, NC (16″x21″, or up to 37″x40″)
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″)
More trees from my early morning bike rides in the autumn fog.
Tree and Road in Morning Autumn Fog, outside Durham, NC (14″x21″)
Tree poking up through early morning fog outside Durham, NC. My Canon 5D Mark II finally bit the dust, so this is one of the first photographs I took with my new camera. Excited to get out there and use it more!
Tree in Autumn Fog, outside Durham, NC (14″x21″)
Light from the setting sun shines below the clouds over the Blue Ridge Mountains, shot from the summit of Mt Mitchell, NC. Similar to last week’s post, but I wanted to zoom in on the clouds and mountains and crop out the tree tops in the foreground.
Layered Mountains, Clouds, Light (Panorama #6), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x39″)
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″)