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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
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 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″)
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″)
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″)
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″)