“Sunflower Frenzy”

Well, it’s that time of year when almost all the local photographer I know are chasing sunflowers, and why not, they are a beautiful flower and always look happy. It’s funny because we all search high and low for that perfect field and whether we find it or not the search is all part of the magic and fun.

My all-time favorite was a 10 acre field on the Eastern shore we found several years ago. Last year a field in Jarrettsville, Maryland was high on my list of favorites. So far this year has provided other opportunities at different locations and maybe not quite as stellar as years past but still just as fun and beautiful.

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“Invigorated – Ramblings from the Smokies”

Well, it’s been a great couple of days here in the Smokies.  Yesterday morning we explored the Cove and believe it or not we were the only ones on Spark’s Lane (I think that’s a first for me). A little early for the leaves but with these warm temps I’m sure it won’t be long. Then after a little downtime during the mid-day light we headed out to shoot along Little River road. We visited our favorite spots along the river and enjoyed chatting about life and how very blessed we are!

I’m very thankful for my family and friends and how the business has prospered. The photography business has been an incredible creative opportunity and I’m so thankful for all the amazing friends I’ve made along the way.

Before I sign-off I wanted to share some gear talk…  If you shoot as many creeks and streams as I do you will soon realize that a good pair of waders can be your best friend. Now, some of you may be curious as to what type of waders I actually use.  I have several different ones that I use, felt bottomed Chest Waders, and two different types of hip waders. The current ones that I have here in the Smokies are the Neos Overshoe Hip Waders. They are convenient and they slip over your hiking boot which helps to not have to remove your boots everytime. I hate to say it but they do weap a little water but not enough to get your feet soaked.  I think my favorites are felt bottom boot hip waders.  They are much more sure-footed with the felt soles but you do have to remove your boot to use them . But be mindful the felt soles are outlawed in some states.  I have to add a disclaimer – if you walk in the water with your gear there’s a chance that you will fall in and get everything wet, so be careful.

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– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @36mm
– Exposure 2 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
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“Oxbow Bend Glory”

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Good morning,

The majority of the time, planning and preparation will overcome blind luck. In this image of Oxbow Bend, the forecast was for partly cloudy skies in the morning so I decided taking our group up for a sunrise would be a good idea. As you can see we certainly weren’t disappointed!

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @62mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/4 seconds
  • Aperture – f/11
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Springtime in the Smokies 2015

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Good morning,

We just finished an amazing workshop in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We had an awesome group and a magnificent time. The weather was very unpredictable which helped create a great working environment for photography. If you don’t like the spring weather in the Smokies wait 10 minutes and it’ll change.

I also wanted to send out a big thanks to my good friend Kevin Reaves and two of his daughters for coming up early to shoot and hang out with us! I also had the pleasure of shooting with a few buddies, Cecil Holmes, fellow Tamron Image Master David Akoubian and Facebook friend David Carrigan!

Looking forward to an Autumn visit this year 🙂

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @60mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Nik Collection by Google
  • Exposure – 1/3 second
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode
  • Vertical format
  • 3 image Panoramic stitched with Autopano Giga

Best of Light,

Ed

Sunrise Barn

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Good morning and thanks for stopping by 🙂

This image is from our sunrise outing yesterday (Sunday) morning. Zach and I took a ride out through scenic Lancaster County in hopes of finding a nice red barn to contrast with the fresh snow and it didn’t take long for us to find exactly what we were looking for! One of the nice things about living in a rural area is you can normally find parking along the road where you would like to shoot. Of course this isn’t always the case but more often than not we luck out.

As you can imagine Lancaster County has a ton of barns and a majority of them are Amish. The trick is finding one that is located in a good spot (not too much clutter) and it helps if it is facing in the right direction (sunrise or sunset) depending on the time of day you’re out shooting. Okay, I guess I’ll come clean (grin). I’ve shot this barn before and knew exactly where we needed to be to capture sunrise and its resplendent color.

I’m going to try and blog more often so please stay tuned 🙂

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens
  • Gitzo gt3542 carbon fiber tripod
  • Exposure – 1/10 second
  • Aperture – f/11
  • ISO – 100
  • Focal length – 70mm
  • Manual Mode
  • BlackRapid Yeti Strap

Best of Light,
Ed

Harpers Ferry

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Good morning,

First off I’d like to thank all my friends and fans for the amazing support on my Facebook business page! We’ve almost reached our goal of 4000 followers.

Amazing it’s already the middle of August… where does the time go 🙂

Here’s an image that I made last week while visiting Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with Kelly on a motorcycle trip. We stayed in a very quaint (maybe haunted) bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the historic district. Something that I’m not good at is doing the tourist thing, Not having my camera and tripod with me put me out of sorts (lol). I used my Canon S100 and a small Gorilla Pod (I’m thinking about a little bigger one for future use).

This image was made at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet.

Best of Light,

Ed

Morning Paddle

 

2014-4374Good morning and happy Friday,

As many of you already know Zach and I attended a wooden canoe heritage assembly in the beautiful Adirondacks last weekend. Paul Smith’s college to be exact which is not far from Lake Placid. It’s nestled along the Lower St. Regis Lake which is just incredibly beautiful.

We were invited to film the event from the air with our UAV’s by Jim and Betsy Wilson. I have to admit it’s a little more inviting filming with the UAVs when you have an invitation and approval from some longtime members and the president of the Association. The general population of the Association was a little bit skeptical about these things flying around buzzing, but as the weekend progressed and after seeing our video I think we made a lot of converts.

We had a really good time filming and we even captured some great still images at sunrise on the lake. But I have to admit my favorite time was paddling on the lake with Zach. Each morning we would have our coffee while paddling through the misty Cove with the sounds of loons laughing which was so relaxing and peaceful! What a great way to start the day.

Best of light,

Ed