POTD: Daydreaming

Title and Location

Day Dreaming

Location: Beaver Lake, Arkansas
Camera: Phase One P45, Cambo RS, Schneider 72L
Settings: f/11, 1/250, ISO 50, 2 shot stitch
When: July 2010

Beaver Dam was built during the 1960s flooding the White River to create Beaver Lake.  The lake and dam provide flood control, fresh water, and hydro-electric power for the entire region.

At the time the dam was built there were not many people in this part of the state.  Since then, NW Arkansas has grown to nearly 1/2 million people and quietly become an economic powerhouse.  Well know companies like Walmart, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt Transport were founded and still headquartered here.

Scenes along its 500 miles of shoreline provide local flavor for those who happily live here and love its natural flavor.

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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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