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August 25, 2008

Bear Rocks Sunset, Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia

by josephrossbachphoto

I am just returning from 4 days in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. I left mid afternoon on Friday in hopes of making some new images for a book project I am currently working on. As always, the traffic around the Capitol Beltway and continuing on Rt. 66 was horrific, but I managed to make it up onto Dolly Sods about 1 hour before sunset. Usually this is not enough time to get into a groove and start producing good images, but because I have shot at Bear Rocks more times than I count I was able to get right into it and begin making images.

The sunset was fantastic with great light and some really nice clouds. Because the weather has been cool in the mountains lately and the lack of rain over the last 45 days the blueberry bushes in the Bear Rocks area are begining to change already. Don’t worry, its only about 10 -15% but it indicates that fall is coming early to the mountain tops of West Virginia this year.

Here are my first 2 images from the outing. Check back as I will be posting brand new images with stories over the next week.

Nikon D300, 12-24mm, Singh Ray Color Combo & 3 Stop Nd Grad (hard)

raw capture @ ISO 100, 6 seconds at f16

Nikon D300, 12-24mm, Nikon SB800 at 1/1 for light painting (20 bursts)

raw capture at ISO 100, 25 minutes at f8

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