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June 22, 2009

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Shenandoah Fawns and Vistas Workshop, Awesome!

by josephrossbachphoto

I am just getting around to finishing up the processing on my top select keepers from this past weekends Shenandoah National Park Workshop. The weather and light were simply amazing with periods of heavy rain, fog, clouds, clearing storms and golden light. We spent 3 days exploring Big Meadows in search of new born fawns, hiking some of my favorite summits for sunrise and sunset light, working waterfalls and cascades when it was raining and overcast and experimenting with alternative techniques such as multiple exposure panning, long exposures at mid day and others. Here are my keepers so far from the trip. Enjoy!

Layers and Light

Layers and Light

This is the very first image I made on Friday morning before the workshop started. I arrived on Skyline Drive just in time that morning to get to one of my favorite overlooks to record this view of layers of light and fog in the Piedmont below. 300mm f2.8 with 1.4 teleconvertor.

Fawn at Watering Hole

Fawn at Watering Hole

I found this fawn in Big Meadows at a popular watering hole. it showed up with two females and played and drank in the area for over 20 minutes which allowed me ample time to find the best angle and record a ton of great images.

The Embrace

The Embrace

Two siblings join together for a tender moment. I made this image in the Big Meadows campground. As I was setting up my tent, I noticed a family walking the woods behind the campground. I tracked them for over an hour shooting many, many images. This was my favorite.

Got Milk

Got Milk

Another tender moment between a new born fawn and her mother. Captured in Big Meadows under soft overcast light.

Dark Hollow Falls

Dark Hollow Falls

Heavy rains this spring and early summer allowed us to shoot some nice waterfall images at Dark Hollow Falls and cascades along Hog Camp Branch.

The Chase

The Chase

A young male buck hurries to keep up with the pack in Big Meadows. This image was made in warm late afternoon light. I stopped down to f22 and panned the camera in motion with the buck to create this image.

Blue Dusk

Blue Dusk

A two minute exposure about 20 minutes after sunset from Skyline drive looking west towards Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain.

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

Sunrise from the talus slope of Blackrock Summit at the southern end of the park. I got low and wide to emphasize the rocks against an amazing sky.

Look at that Sky Flying By

Look at that Sky Flying By

This image was made at mid-day in Big Meadows. I used the Singh Ray Vari-ND Duo to drag out a 45 second exposure which blurred anything moving in the image.

Whitetail Fawn in Big Meadows

Whitetail Fawn in Big Meadows

Need I say anymore. Uber cute.

O.K., That’s it for now. I should finishing the images by tomorrow and will hopefully have a few more to share later this week.

Don’t forget, We still have 2 spots available for our Rocky Mountain Photo Workshop. If you are interested in shooting alpine reelections, 14,000 foot peaks, waterfalls and western wildlife, you should consider joining us. Did I mention the cost is only $725.00. here are the details and registration info: http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com/workshops_24.htm

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Joseph: Wonderful shots. The Embrace – Uber Cute is right. That’ll sell.

    Cheers,

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  2. Jun 22 2009

    Thanks Gary! Great to hear from you man.
    Joe

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  3. Jul 6 2009

    Hey Joe,
    You took us to some great spots in Shenandoah National park. I loved the pictures you posted and the opportunities you gave to me to take some awesome pictures. Where is the group shot? I had a great time hiking the AT. I’m just getting back to normal.

    Reply

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