I have been at this a long time and I still love a great sunrise or sunset! Capturing a magical sky is one of the greatest challenges I love as a photographer. I cannot count how many times I spent hours driving somewhere only to have Mother Nature disappoint at curtain call. But when She decides to give us a wonderful show I must be ready.
The 2017 autumn colors here in the Shenandoah Valley took quite a while to arrive due to the unusual temps we had throughout late September through late October. It seemed that every time we’d have a cold snap, 80 degrees followed it for days which killed many of the leaves that had begun to change. The colors finally arrived, but for the most part they were muted, with patches of brilliance to be found. This made me change the way I shoot autumn. So instead of my usual vistas I concentrated more on the intimate details of the season, which in the end I feel that I came out with some wonderful images which made me feel more connected to nature.
I feel like my head is under water in the Social Media Pool. There are just too many choices for this old brain to keep up with today. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to browse through and discover new talent on the different sites and be totally inspired by them, but the problem I have with social media is the whole “social” part of it.
Lindy Point Overlook taken during a snowstorm in 2010.
Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia is one of my favorite spots when I am wanting some quality shooting and escape time from the suburban jungle. I love this state park year round, but I especially enjoy it in the winter as a layer of snow adds such a beauty to the landscape here. The park sits in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, which is one of the most scenic areas in the central Appalachian Mountains as you can see from the image below.
It had always been a desire of ours to see New England in the autumn as we had seen many photos of the New England landscape alive with seasonal colors that always seemed richer than any other place in America. This bucket list trip finally happened this October as we made a trip to Vermont on a whim when our photo trip to Cape Hatteras was ruined due to Hurricane Matthew.
Working completely off of my smartphone Brenda trusted me in booking us a nice place to stay. I found a charming place on Lake Champlain, it was a barn that was restored and had a beautiful 2 bedroom loft. I should correct myself here, where we stayed wasn’t actually “on” Lake Champlain, it was on an island IN Lake Champlain, Isle La Motte to be exact.
One of the things that I learned when I was photographing weddings is that you must be able to “roll with the flow and get the shot” because the event won’t stop if you’re having a camera issue. I have learned that to be true with landscape shooting as well.
One of My (Mike’s) photography friends (Bill) was in town over the July 4th weekend and wanted to go chase a sunset up in West Virginia. So we headed off to Spruce Knob, which is located in the Monongahela National Forest. Spruce Knob is the highest point in WV, sitting at 4,863 ft above sea level. This is a unique region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as it has an alpine feel to it. The area is covered by a dense forest of spruce trees, many along the western side are deformed due to the high winds that this area is exposed to year-round.