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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It seems that this year has been a year of adventures and exploration allowing myself to reconnect and recharge the creative juices. We just returned from spending a week scouting for a new venue and future weekend summit at Roan Mountain.
My first impression of the area was quite breathtaking with the highland views and abundance of the rhododendrons. But of course, that was standing in the parking lot. (lol) Once we stated hiking and gained a little elevation the views were spectacular beyond words and rivaled the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.
So, let’s back up a bit and let me tell you about our adventures as the week progressed. Upon arrival, we met up with our longtime friend Kevin Reaves. Anyone that meets Kevin will quickly realize he’s a high-energy guy (putting it mildly lol).
We arrived Sunday evening and after gobbling down a quick dinner, we voyaged up the mountain to Carver’s Gap to catch sunset. Kevin said he’d follow us in our 4Runner since all of his gear was in his Tundra truck (Toyota guys). Being our first time here and not knowing the area we relied heavily on our GPS to get us there. As I’m sure you know, GPS’s can be a bit unpredictable when they feel like it. Our first turn up the mountain was on “Heaton Creek Road” and besides having a super awesome name it was a nice windy road through the country. Of course, that was for the first portion of our drive. As we journeyed on the road went from bad to worse to no road at all and suddenly turned into a craggy trail. I’d like to say logging path but it wasn’t even that good (lol). Here’s where I thank Toyota for making some awesome 4 wheel drives!
After reaching the top and figuring out where we were we realized there was a nicely paved road that lead us directly up and down the mountain.
What’s life without a little adventure… take the road less traveled is my motto…
Stay tuned as I continue my story in my next post…
– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
– Exposure 1/10 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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Happy First Day of Autumn,
As summer is quickly ushered out I see the ever present signs of autumn everywhere. Daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, the trees are starting to exhibit their colorful coat of painted glory. The farmers work feverishly to gather the crops as they have done as their fathers before them. The birds and squirrels seem to be working overtime in preparation for the winter months. The sounds and smells of autumn are unmistakably crisp and welcoming. Like an old friend your well-worn sweater accompanies you on those early mornings as you start your daily rituals. Starting a new season is always bittersweet but time stops for no one and life marches on.
- Nikon D810
- Tamron Lens –SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
- Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
- Lexar CF Card
- Hoodman USA
- OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
- Nik Software
- Exposure – one seconds
- Aperture – f/16
- ISO – 64
- Manual Mode
Best of Light,
How many of you visit the same area to photograph over and over? Well if you’re like me you do it quite often. As photographers we are always looking for the perfect light and not to mention tweaking or fine-tuning our compositions from a previous shoot.
So go ahead and re-visit your favorite areas and hopefully you’ll get the shoot you were hoping for!
Best of Light,
As the week draws to a close, I hope everyone had a productive and pleasant week. I know that it’s been cold, but I honestly think we’ve been spoiled over the past several winters with little or no snow accumulation and warmer temperatures. It’s winter and this is how winters used to be. 🙂
I want to share an image that I made a few weeks ago of an old barn that sits alongside an old country road. It’s located by one of the local covered bridges here in Lancaster County that is very picturesque. Finding these old barns can be fun because they are scattered throughout the area, which means you need to ride around to find them. As photographers, we enjoy finding new areas and little surprises 🙂
Best of Light,