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26
Aug

Country Barn and Goldenrod at Sunset

Country Barn and Goldenrod at Sunset

After finding this amazing field of Goldenrod on the north end of Jefferson Notch, I decided to return on several occasions at sunrise and sunset. Over the course of 4 days back and forth, I was treated with great light only once. Luckily this was on my fourth and last visit and I had already scouted out a few compositions. Of course the clouds and light never lined up that night in such a way that I was able to fully realize those previous comps. The good news was that I had begun to get into a rhythm with the location and when the magic happened I was able to quickly react and shoot a few comps that worked really well.

Thanks for having a look and best of light!

Joe Rossbach

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31
Jul

Back Packing to the Summit of Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

This past week I sumitted Old Rag Mountain and spent the night up top with friend and fellow photographer Chris Kayler.  This is not the first time I have done this hike to the summit of Old Rag, but was in fact the first time for me to sleep on the summit. In fact, this hike is featured in my book 50 Amazing Things You Must See and Do in the Greater D.C. Area: The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Guide . In hopes of getting away from the record high temps and humidity crippling the DC area, we picked a day that forecasted a cold front moving in across the mountains in hopes of cooler temps in the mountains and the chance of thunderstorms at or near sunset.  

We started the hike in the afternoon and quickly realized just how hot and humid it still was!  With the temp hovering around 90 degrees and the humidity at 85%, we knew we were in for a long and hot haul up the trail!  As soon as I hoisted my 45 pound pack filled with camera gear, sleeping bag and pad, overnight food, rain gear and 5 liters of water for an overnight on a dry summit, we quickly hit the road on the 1/2 mile approach to the actual trailhead. By the time we arrived, I was already drenched in sweat and decided to take a did in the swimming hole along the river to cool off before tackling the upward climb towards the ridge and the approach to the summit proper.  

Chris Rock Hopping on the Ridge

After about 2 mile of an upward climb through the sweltering heat of the forest, we arrived at the summit ridge and were greeted with the most refreshing breeze sweeping from west to east across the ridge line. It was just what the doctor ordered! In contrast to the cooler temps and great vies now comes the most challenging section of the hike, a .9 mile summit approach across a boulder strewn ridge that involves constant rock hopping, over hand climbing, bouldering, chimneying and in a few spots crawling on your hands and knees through rock cuts and small caves. This is usually a pretty moderate climb with a day pack or just camera gear, but add-on an 45 pound overnight pack and it becomes strenuous and in some cases very difficult. Below are a few shots I snapped of our climb across the ridge towards the summit.  

Chris bouldering his way through the rocks

Chris in one of the small caves below the false summit

 We arrived on the summit of the mountain after a long and exhausting 2 hour climb across the ridge and were greeted with an afternoon thunderstorm raging across the mountains and huge thunder heads to the east. It rained but briefly over the summit followed by strong 30 to 40 mile an hour winds. We had some nice although brief light at sunset. I found a nice composition of a jumble of car sized boulders on the summit with dramatic sunset skies and painted light at sunset. After the light faded, we settled down into a rock depression of the summit for a quick diner of freeze-dried Chili Mac and then a long night under the stars. Myself or Chris did not get much sleep over night due to the constant battering of the wind sweeping across the summit. I awoke around 3am and spent the rest of the night until civil twilight watching shooting stars and the constellations track across the night sky. 

Boulders on the Summit at sunset

Moon set and summit rocks at Civil Twilight

Sunrise over the Appalachians from the summit

After a great sunrise session and feeling really exhausted from lack of sleep and a hard climb the day before, we settled back down at our camp for some calories and bit of caffeine before packing the gear and tackling the summit ridge back down into the woods. The temps were pleasant that morning and we arrived back to the trailhead parking a little before noon.  It was a great little adventure and yielded some new images for me! All in all, a great time in the back country of the mountains. 

Morning at camp on the summit of Old Rag

22
Jul

Lupine meadow at sunset, Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Hinterlands Explosion

I found this wonderful meadow of blooming Lupine up Gothic road north of the quirky ski town of Mount Crested Butte. The monsoon was a little weak on this afternoon, but the clouds happened to hang around until sunset providing me with some great shapes and nice color. I used an ultra wide-angle lens getting in close to the most profuse blooms and framed in the spectacular sky waiting until the color in the clouds reached its peak before tripping the shutter.

See more of my Colorado images in the Mountain Magic gallery on my website.

19
Jul

Elakala #2, Shays Run, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Swirly Falls

I spent a long 3 day weekend camping and hiking with my son Phoenix in the Mountains of West Virginia and western Maryland. On Sunday, we hiked and scrambled down to Elakala Falls and Second Falls of Shays Run. After climbing around on the rocks and waiting in the plunge pool below the falls, I took a chance to work a few comps of the scene. For this shot I was in the water with Phoenix. He was kind enough to hold the shutter release and trip the shot when i told him I was ready. Great kid!!

13
Jul

Waterfall in Porphyry Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Dreamland

always a good day when you almost flip in your friends FJ of the side of a small shelf road, get stuck and have to wait countless hours for a tow to show up and barley pull the thing back from the edge of disaster. just another day in the life of a nature photog…..great light that night made it all seem worth it.

Porphyry Basin Falls at sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado.

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14
Sep

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

28
Jul

Great Sand Dunes Sunset

Still going through images from the Colorado trip and processing the best of the best. Here is one from Great Sand Dunes National Park. I climbed the dune field to the top to be in position when the magic happened. The sunset was simply incredible!

Dune Flow at Sunset

Dune Flow at Sunset

 

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26
Jun

Old Friends, Shenandoah National Park

Old Friends

Originally uploaded by Joseph Rossbach(www.josephrossbach.com)

For years I have been attracted to this old snag in Shenandoah National Park and for years the light and clouds never worked out for me. On my last trip into the park on the last day of the workshop, I took the group down to this spot. As the sun rose it illuminated the underside of the clouds floating by. I shot at f22 to get the sunstar and used a 2 stop ND grad to open up some additional detail in the mountains. I cropped this shot to 4:5 ratio to remove the empty space on the right of the composition and better balance the photo.

15
May

Buck Hollow Sunrise

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

 Our Shenandoah Spring Workshop kicks of this afternoon but I have been in the park for a couple of days scouting and shooting new images. Here is one from this morning at Buck Hollow Overlook. The light broke for only a few minutes illuminating the scene with soft pink light and really nice glow. It looks like it is going to rain and generally be cloudy for the rest of the day, so we will be shooting waterfalls, forest scenes and streams. Hopefully we get lucky and get some light at sunset!

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11
May

More Waterfalls of Shenandoah National Park

Ok, this weekend is our Shenandoah National Park spring workshop and I am getting really excited about it. I have been in the park on 3 separate occasions over the past week and a half and with all the wet weather the waterfalls and streams have been absolutely exceptional! The weather forecast is calling for thunderstorms and rain on Thursday so I will definitely be out on the streams shooting waterfalls during the day and will hope for some dramatic light at sunset from one of the rocky summits in the park. I meet the group Friday afternoon and after a short intro and slide show, we will head off to Dark Hollow Falls and end the day with a sunset shoot from either Little Stony Man cliffs or the Hawksbill Summit. We’ll see what the weather does?
 
On Saturday morning we will all have to rise really early as we will be making the long haul down Skyline Drive to walk out onto Black Rock summit for sunrise.  After that I am going to take the group on a little road trip down to White Oak Canyon in the afternoon to shoot Lower Whiteoak Falls and Cedar Run Falls. In the afternoon we will work Skyline Drive until sunset.  Who knows what will happen on Sunday, but I have some secret spots to get the workshop into and hopefully we will be greeted with a dramatic sunrise and end on an equally dramatic sunset shoot. We still have 1 space available, so if anyone is interested please click here for registration details:
 
Here are a few more shots from the last couple of shoots in the park. Enjoy!
Jones Run

Jones Run

Lower Whiteoak Falls
Lower Whiteoak Falls
Waterfalls along Cedar Run

Waterfalls along Cedar Run

Big Falls of Jones Run

Big Falls of Jones Run

Jones Run

Jones Run

Lower Doyles River Falls

Lower Doyles River Falls