POTD: Fishing on the Edge

Title and Location

Fishing on the Edge

Location: Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Camera: Phase One P30+, Mamiya 645D, 55-110mm
Settings: f/11, ISO 400, 1/125 sec
When: November 2011

Cape Hatteras is the most easterly portion of the eastern seaboard.   This location is unique in that storm currents from the north naturally flow in a southerly direction while storm currents from the south flow in a northerly direction.  These storm currents collide off the coast of Hatteras Island.  Fish get carried along by the currents as well which makes for great fishing.

The fishermen were congregated at the point where the waters collide.  I took several photographs and stitched them into a unique panoramic image of fisherman, choppy waters and stormy skies.

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POTD: Alone

Title and Location

Alone

Location: Saranac Lake, New York
Camera: Phase One P45, Cambo RS, Schneider 150N
Settings: f/11, 1/25, ISO 100
When: September 2011

While enroute to another location in Adirondack State Park I looked through an opening in the forest and saw this moody scene.

It immediately evoked an emotion of loneliness as this island was alone shrouded in a sea of fog.

Shortly after photographing this scene the fog lifted  and my lonely island was joined by hundreds more.  So much so, that they blended together into a mighty forest.

On foggy mornings, all of the Northeast is full of mysterious little spots like this waiting to be discovered.  The trick is, you have to be there innthe fog or like my little island they will be hidden from view.

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POTD: Autumn Falls

Title and Location

Autumn Falls

Location: Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina
Camera: Mamiya 645D, Phase One P30+, Mamiya 28mm
Date: October 2010

Looking Glass Falls is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.

When photographing waterfalls I try to include the surrounding topography which I feel gives waterfalls more character.  A static portrait style photograph gets old pretty quick.  After all, it is the surrounding scenery that makes each one so unique.

After working close to the waterfall and not feeling much inspiration we ventured downstream where the water flowing over the rocks drew my attention.

Using the 28mm I was able to exaggerate the foreground rocks which balanced nicely with the waterfall and autumn color.

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POTD: Gil’s Barn

Gil's Barn, Palouse region of Southeast Washington

Gil’s Barn

Location: Palouse Region of Southeast Washington
Camera: Phase One P30+, Mamiya 645D, 55-110mm
Settings: UNKNOWN
When: June 5, 2010

The Palouse Region is a glacial morraine win Southeastern Washington State. It’s rolling hills and rich soil make it both the bread basket of the US and a photographers paradise. Each Spring the fields are a velvety spread of green that covers nearly 3500 square miles. Having been farmed for generations the fields are home to hundreds of photogenic old barns.

I named this Gil’s barn after an Arkansas farmer who allowed me to photograph on his property when I first started in photography.

The photograph is made up of six different exposures combined using special software to create a wider angle view of the scene.

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POTD: Valley Sentinel

Valley Sentinel, Mt Magazine SP, Arkansas
Valley Sentinel

Location: Mt. Magazine State Park, Arkansas
Camera: Phase One P65+, Cambo RS, Schneider 24XL
Settings: f/16, ISO 50, 24 seconds
When: November 5th 2010, 6:15pm

This view is perhaps the most stunning vista in all of the mid-western states.  A nearly 800 year old cedar tree overlooks Blue Mountain Lake in the Petit Jean River Valley.  In the distance you see at least 50 miles into the Ouachita Mountains.

I had already photographed a vertical panorama of this tree well before sunset when the sun dipped below storm clouds on the horizon. Thinking the show was over I packed up my gear and was enjoying the view as the light faded.

Shortly after sunset the horizon began to glow. I scrambled to setup my gear and had time for a single exposure of nearly a half-minute. This image is still my favorite and I will never forget the last minute gift of this scene. The wide angle lens allowed me to capture the transition of day to night in a single exposure.

Technical camera wide angle lens naturally darken at the edges making a wonderful vignette highlighting this incredible scene and saved the sky from being too bright at the horizon.

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