Springtime in Shenadoah National Park
The last 2 weeks have been extremely busy for me. I have been out in the field as much as possible shooting in Shenandoah National Park while juggling a submission of images requested for Digital Photo Magazine, a huge selection of images for a fine art sale through my art agent and trying to keep up with workshop registrations and questions. With all the rain of late and the fresh spring foliage, Shenandoah is prime for shooting it’s many waterfalls and streams in the deep Appalachian hollows. As a matter of fact, our Shenandoah Spring Workshop is next weekend and the conditions should be just about perfect. We still have one spot left so if you are interested click here fore more details and registration.
While exploring the lower reaches of White Oak Canyon I was drawn to this section of the stream with nice cascades, fresh spring foliage and a dogwood tree in the distance. I got in low and close to record a very wide angle but made sure to crop out the blank white sky. Nikon D300, 12-24mm, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, f16 at 1 second
Just about 50 yards up stream I found another angle on the Dogwood tree with a set of nice diagonal cascades leading the eye across the frame and into the forest beyond. Nikon D300, 12-24mm, f14 @ 1/2 second.
I took a chance on this image from Little Stony Man Cliffs. It had rained and been socked in fog and clouds for mos of the day, but around 3pm the sky was clearing in certain areas so I headed up to this spot in hopes of some dramatic light. The sun never did pop out on the western horizon and light up the cliffs like I had hoped. I settled for a very moody images by using my Singh Ray Vari-N-Tio to dial in a 1 minute exposure at f14 to record movement in the clouds. The long exposure coupled with a soft pink glow on the horizon resulted in very colorful image. Nikon D300, 12-24mm, Singh Ray Vari-N-Trio & 3 stop ND grad Hard, f14 for for 1 minute.
Early this week I hiked the 6 mile loop of Jones Run and Doyles Falls with fellow photographer Ian Plant. It rained hard at times and I got completely soaked. It was absolutely worth it! There is no other better time to shoot the falls in Shenandoah then on a wet and rainy spring day. For this image I had to climb out on to a fallen tree to position myself to get the shot. One tripod leg was on the bank, the other in the plunge pool and the third on the tree. I couldn’t settle for a different perspective. The good news is that I nor the camera fell in the water. Nikon D300, 12-24mm, Singh Ray LB Polarizer, 2 seconds @ f16
Check back later this week for more new images!