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8
Feb

Natures Design

I have been trapped in the house since Friday with a record amount of snow outside my window, 32.6 inches in the last 48 hours on top of around 7 or 8 inches already on the ground from our last snow storm. I have been keeping busy and catching up on a ton of office work and processing some images from last fall that I never got around to. This morning I awoke around 3am and just could not get back to sleep. Instead of lying around on the couch and watching infomercials on great products that are sure to make my life that  much easier, I decided to get started on the day by answering a ton of emails, walking the dog in the crystalline air and going out for a ride around downtown Annapolis to see the damage done by the storm. I was considering making my out to Great Falls National Park in Virginia, but after hitting a wall of traffic on Rt. 50 from an overturned truck, I headed back to the house. While I was wondering around drinking coffee, I noticed some great crystals that had formed on the back window of the house.

I grabbed my gear and set it up in wait for the sun to come up and give me some light to work with. I was so enchanted with these crystals that spent the better part of two hours shooting a variety of compositions as the light changed. On a technical note, these shots were made with a D300, 105 Macro lens, Singh Ray LB Polarizer and shot in raw at ISO 200. I bracketed focus for each image and shot wide open at F4 to blur the background completely out of focus. I took the bracketed series of focus from each image and used Helicon Focus to blend them together for max. depth-of-field. On average, I bracketed 10 shots for each image. Enjoy!

24
Jan

Elekala’s Fury

When I arrived in the park last week, the temps had hovered in the mid teens for a 10 days before and all the waterfalls were solid blocks of ice. By the last day of the workshop, the temps had risen to the upper 30’s and it rained for one solid afternoon creating a flash floods of melting ice along the streams and rivers in the park. In order to get this composition, i climbed out across an ice and snow bridge for the best perspective. The water was raging and a solid breeze was blowing sheets of water on the front of the lens saturating everything. I was able to get off one image without water on the lens. This image is of Elekala Falls in Blackwater Falls State Park, WV.

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One Day Winter Workshop on February 13! ~ Only a couple space are still available for this workshop!!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Arctic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are beginning to fill up fast!

21
Jan

Crooked Teeth

 

Ice and lichen on a rock wall along Shays Run, Blackwater Falls, West Virginia.

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One Day Winter Workshop on February 13! ~ Only a couple space are still avialable for this workshop!!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Arctic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are begining to fill up fast!

18
Jan

In the Ice Cave

I journeyed into this ice cave along Shays Run in Blackwater Falls State Park looking for a new perspective on an area that I have photographed many times over. I was so impressed witht the glow of light coming through the ice wall and the thin layer of froast and ice on the rocks and walls that I had to get my workshop group into this cave. I have a big group of 10 folks and had to bring them in two at a time due to the limited space of the interior of the cave. In order to reach this location, we had to climb down a stepe bank, cross a partially frozen stream and then an ice bridge with about three feet of show lying on top of it. I t was worth all of the effort and this was the highlight of today’s field session.

Look out for my Notes from the field: West Virginia Winter post in the next few days!

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One Day Winter Workshop on February 13!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Arctic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are begining to fill up fast!

16
Jan

Frozen Sun

I found this beautiful grove of trees on the summit of Backbone mountain the other day while snowshoeing in the back country. I hung around until after the sun had risen high enough to crest the ridge and composed this image with the sun star.

Right now there is about 36 to 48 inches of snow in the mountains around Canaan Valley and it is a winter wonderland! I have 3 more days of shooting and a workshop to run, so hopefully the conditions will hold out! 

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

 Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One DayWinter Workshop on February 13!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowwing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Artic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link  to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are begining to fill up fast!

15
Jan

Dawn of Winter

Blackwater Canyon from Pendelton Point, West Virginia.

15
Jan

Jack Frost

Snow covered woods and sun-burst on Backbone Mountain deep in the backcountry, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Upcoming Photography Lectures/Presentations:

 Don’t miss out on our Swallow Falls One DayWinter Workshop on February 13!

In this one day winter workshop in Swallow Falls State Park, we will have a chance to photograph the many frozen waterfalls, ice formations and virgin hemlock forests of the park. I will be there to guide you to the best spots, help with any technical questions, critique images and get those creative juices flowwing. We may also have a chance to visit Crainsville Sub Artic Swamp and a special are known as the bears den. This workshop starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. We will break in the middle of the day for a big lunch and warm drinks.

Follow this link  to register for the workshop online. Space is limited and spots are begining to fill up fast!

8
Jan

Winter Woods Abstract

Winter Woods Abstract

 10 image multiple exposure pan in camera.

17
Nov

West Virginia Winter Workshop Announcement

West Virginia Winter Workshop Announcement
January 15 -18, 2010
Blackwater Falls Lodge (Blackwater Falls State Park
$625.00 (Mountain Trail Photo Workshops)
Highlights include winter landscapes, fresh snow, Blackwater Falls, Shays Run Waterfalls, ice and snow patterns, Canaan Valley covered in snow and digital software training.

Friday 01/15/10 – Workshop starts at noon with an intro slide show. Field session in the park until after sunset. Diner as a group and then Software presentations at night.
Saturday 01/16/10 – 4 hour field session starting at sunrise. Breakfast as a group. Back in the field until sunset. Diner as a group and presentation afterwards.
Sunday 01/17/10 – Same as Saturday! Optional classroom session in the afternoon depending on weather and light.
Monday 01/18/10 – Morning shoot from before sunrise until 10 am. Breakfast as a group with closing discussion of workshop. Workshop ends at checkout time.
Click here to Register for this workshop!

2
Mar

Snow Day!

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We got hammered with over 8 inches of snow last night and int the morning. I went out for a while to see if I could make some new images of the fluffy stuff. I was planning on heading down to Quite Waters Park and shooting some of the great trees and open fields, but the park gates were locked. I ended up heading out into a rural area near the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds where I found some nice forest scenes and ended up shooting an old farm of the side of the road.

I shot all of these images with my 80-200mm to focus in on just the most important parts. I also jacked up my ISO to 500 and kept my aperture around f8 – f11 to get a really fast shutter speed in order to show the snow falling and catch some of the drama of the blowing snow from the nearby field.

Here are a few I have processed so far.

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Don’t forget about the Meadowlark Nature Photography Expo  this weekend, March 7-8 . If you manage to make it by remember to stop by our sales booth and say hello to Amber and myself.

Presentation: Beyond the basics: Tips and techniques for creating stunning nature and landscape images. Sunday @ 10:30am