One of my favorite climbs at Pilot Mountain, Smooth Sailing (a nice 5.10a) tops out on a cliff that juts out over the valley, providing 200-degree views of the rolling hills below the mountain. I had the pleasure of removing our anchors and sitting alone with a few circling birds as the sun set behind the clouds.
Setting Sun from Big Arete, Pilot Mountain State Park, NC (21″x56″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
Rain clouds and fog draped over the ridge north of Mt Mitchell just after sunset.
Clouds and Fog at Sunset (Panorama #2), Mt Mitchell, NC (16″x43″)
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″)
Another panorama of storms over the eastern Colorado plains off I-70 on County Road 134.
Storm Clouds and Glow on Horizon (Panorama #3), near Agate, CO (16″x37″)
I recently drove from Washington State to North Carolina. It was a haul, but there were some fantastic storms in Colorado. After passing through a wild hail/rain/thunderstorm in Denver, I pulled off I-70 on County Road 134 (near Agate) to photograph the surrounding storm clouds. There’s unfortunately no strong foreground element in this panorama, but I hope the texture of the boiling storm clouds is enough eye candy!
Storm Clouds and Glow on Horizon, near Agate, CO (16″x55″)
Around sunset, geese begin to return to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge after spending the day in fields throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
Bosque del Apache Sunset (#1), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x39″)
Bosque del Apache Sunset (#2), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x36″)
The road to the Sandia Tram winds up the Sandia Foothills outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Road to Sandia Tram and Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #1), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x68″)
Road to Sandia Tram and Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #1), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x53″)
A lone juniper stands on a grassy slope in front of the Sandia Mountains in the high desert outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Juniper, Storm Clouds, Sandia Mountains (B&W Panorama #6), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x38″)
Looking back towards Auckland from Waiheke Island at sunset.
Light through Clouds over Auckland at Sunset, Waiheke, New Zealand (4″x16″)
Red setting sun casting shades of orange and pink across layers upon layers of summer clouds in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Unfortunately I wasn’t in a spot to get a nice foreground, but the sky was fantastic.
Summer Sunset over Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, Santa Fe, New Mexico (23″x30″)
Back in late April, I drove over to West Seattle to shoot a few long-exposure photographs of the Seattle skyline at sunset.
Alki Beach Pylons and Pink Skies at Sunset, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Pylons and Seattle Skyline at Blue Hour, West Seattle, WA (16″x41″)