Jordan Lake – taken near the Farrington Boat Ramp
I feel I’ve been in a bit of a photographic slump lately. I know that every outing can’t result in something amazing, but lately I’ve produced very little that I really like. It gets frustrating at times. So this past weekend, I decided to head out to a place that never disappoints, Roan Mountain, on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Well, it was not good… For two days I was completely socked in by rain, ugly cloud cover and/or heavy fog. So I decided to head down the mountain and hike out to a waterfall that I’ve hiked to years ago. I tried to take several photos along the Appalachian trail on the way to the waterfall, but with the humidity at 100%, my lens fogged up completely every time I removed it from my bag. Getting even more frustrated, I was ready to turn back and head home but my son convinced me to keep going to at least see the waterfall. Finally we made it, and I guess the clearing in the trees allowed some of the humidity to escape and my lens to defog. I was able to get this photo of Laurel Falls. My son and I were the only ones there for about 30-40 minutes. We ate lunch on the rocks, and enjoyed listening to the sound of the rushing water. Although this may not be a “wall hanger”, I guess it turned out to be a pretty good morning. One my son and I will remember for quite some time.
This is the best view of the Raleigh, NC skyline that I’ve found so far. In order to get this comp, I had to merge 6 shots taken with a 100mm lens. It would have appeared much to far away if I had used the wide angle lens that I normally use. It would probably be the perfect location for about a 50mm, but I don’t have anything in that range so I have to make do with this 6 shot panorama.
Took a walk with the family the other day out at Yates Mill County Park. Pretty nice place!
This is the Washington Monument at sunrise, as seen from the Lincoln Memorial. There were very few people out that early in the morning, it was pretty nice
After shooting here, I headed on over to the Capitol Building to get a shot of it while it too was quiet. This is a 6 shot panorama:
The day before, I took in a baseball game at Nationals Park on a perfect afternoon for baseball:
(Looks better if you click on it!)
Many of you may remember my “Buzzard’s Roost at night” image, taken at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee (Seen below). Today, I’ve prepared a new similar image – “Raven’s Roost at Night”. This one was taken at the Raven’s Roost overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Lyndhurst, Virginia.
“Raven’s Roost at Night” is a combination of more than 160 photos, taken continually and merged together in post. The tree and the rocks were lit with a handheld flash fired manually several times from different locations. We are looking west in this image, so the stars appear to be streaking downward as they circle around the North Star, which is off to the right of the image. The colors in the sky is light pollution from nearby cities, reflecting into the clouds.
Hope you enjoy!
A couple of days ago, I got to ride around and explore the southern coast of North Carolina with my aunt and photographer, Marianne - check out her work to see fantastic black and white long exposures
This is a photo of the Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at sunrise.
So today I thought I’d share a photo from my new “home town”. This is Raleigh, NC at sunset during their recent Brewgaloo Beer Festival
Hope you enjoy!
My friends, I’m writing today to let you all know that I am moving from the Nashville, Tennessee area to Raleigh, North Carolina. Over the last several years, the people of Murfreesboro and Nashville have been very supportive of my photography, and I truly appreciate you all. I know that many of you continue to follow this blog and my facebook page mainly to see any new Nashville Skyline photos I may post. I hope you will continue to enjoy scenes from around beautiful North Carolina. I will miss this city, thank you all so much!
Below are a few of my favorite Nashville photos from the last couple of years – hope you enjoy!
All Nashville photos are available for prints at my online store! Click to View!