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New “Photo of the Week” image is now live on the website!

Goldenrod and Mount Washington at Sunset

This week I choose an image from my latest trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, enjoy!

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Autumn Transitions, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Autumn Transitions

Autumn Transitions

Summer is ending and autumn is beginning to take over in the Appalachian Mountains. This shot is from a favorite location at sunrise in Shenandoah National Park from this past weekend. I took my family camping and hiking on Saturday and Sunday. I managed to steal away for a bit and was rewarded with some great light at sunrise.

This is a manual blend of 2 exposures (Adobe CS4).

Thanks for your feedback! Joe


Potomac Highlands Sunrise

I  just returned from a few days of shooting and leading my “West Virginia Waterfalls” workshop on Saturday in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Good friend and fellow photographer, Alex Mody assisted me on Saturday and we shot together Friday and Sunday morning before I had to leave to get back home.

This shot below is the first of my favorite images from the weekend and was made on Sunday morning after sleeping in the back of my jeep to be on location at first light. Wicked thunderstorms rolled through around 12 midnight and lasted most of the night with heavy rain, thunder and lightning. It provided some amazing light at sunrise.

Allegheny Range of Light

Allegheny Range of Light

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Don’t forget to check out our website for a full list of workshops and photo classes for 2009!

Upcoming featured workshops: Shenandoah Fawns and Vistas. Click here for more details and registration information.

Rocky Mountain National Park Summer Wildflowers and Reflections. Click here for more information and registration details.


Getting beyond the “Big Picture”

I love to shoot big wide angle landscape just as much as the next nature photographer, but I find that the intimate microcosms are what really do the location justice. It’s hard sometimes to pay attention to the small details when you are faced with vast rolling mountains, majestic waterfalls or wide open meadows, so I make sure to always look at my feet when out in the field. You would be surprised how many amazing images we literally pass over when we don’t look down.

Here is a shot I made last autumn of an open meadow on the edge of Spruce knob Lake in the Monongahela national Forest of West Virginia. The light was really amazing and the entire meadow was glowing with a soft translucent layer of fog. I used my 80-200mm to frame up a pleasing composition of meadow, spruce trees and the distant hillside awash with autumn color.

What I didn’t Notice at first was the hundreds of Orb Webs in the meadow. Only after walking further into the scene above and examining the meadow grass did I find this wonderful treasure. I set out immediately to find the perfect web that was covered in dew and also being touched by the soft warm light of the early morning sun.  I got very low to the ground and set up this shot using my 105mm macro lens. I intentionally focused on a single line of dew and only stopped down to f8 to make sure nothing else in the image was in focus. This selective focus forces the viewers eye to travel along the string of dew as well as creating some really beautiful specular highlights from the extremelyout of focus water drops. By using back-light, the dew and web glow with a kaleidoscope of colors from the blue sky to the autumn foliage in the near background.

This is one of the most popular spots on the tour and we will also spend time shooting in this location.

If anyone is interested in signing up, we still have a few spots available.

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