Below are more images from my drive along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These photos were taken in and around the Doughton Park area. We also stopped and photographed a small pond just north of the park but I do not remember the name of the pond.
Over the weekend me and a fellow photographer visited the Blue Ridge Parkway with camera’s in hand to capture anything of interest. Our first stop was Doughton Park. While there we photographed wild flowers growing on the natural balds within the park. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term bald. It is simply naturally occurring grass lands within the mountain terrain. These are somewhat large areas, that for the most part, are devoid of trees. Below are a few photos from our visit. I plan to post more images in a day or two, so please check back.
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A few nights ago I met up with a good friend and fellow photographer to do a bit of urban exploration in our small downtown environment. We are limited to just a few blocks of buildings and alleys. I considered the night to be a successful outing. I think we will only get better with time as we learn to recognize opportunities. This was more of a test run than anything else. In the past couple of weeks I have ventured out with my wife a time of two to shoot predetermined areas. This was the first time to meet up with a fellow photographer to just wander around and see what we could find. I came away with some decent shots and some that are less than impressive. But, all in all, it was a good learning experience. I look forward to more outings, more exploration, and hopefully more “post worthy” photos.
The photos below are of a custom “Hot Rod” shop in my hometown. At one time this building was actually the local Dodge Dealership. The Dodge dealer moved to a modern facility many years ago. Now, this is the home of Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn. They are a custom automotive shop and always have something interesting sitting in the showroom.
I drove past their garage recently and couldn’t help but take notice of the building. It was late at night and the interior of the building was completely illuminated. This set it apart from the other buildings in this small downtown environment. I didn’t have my camera with me so I drove home and then returned with camera gear in hand.
The brightly illuminated showroom and shop space were in sharp contrast with the building exterior which I thought would give the photos an interesting look. The exposure on these could be better, but, I am still learning. I was lucky enough to have a small amount of traffic to add interest to the photos by leaving light trails across the long exposure images.
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This image was captured on the same night as my Main at Dusk photo. It is another long exposure photo. This time the subject is an alley downtown. I like the strong contrast of this image and the texture created by the brick walls.
This is a shot of Main Street in my hometown located in the foothills of NC. I have been wanting to try long exposure photography and this is one of my first attempts. I am pleased with how this image turned out from the strong contrast in the sky to the illuminated buildings in the foreground.
Last June we vacationed at Carolina Beach, NC. I headed out early one more to capture images of the Boardwalk before it became crowded with tourists. As I look at these images I notice a lot of things I would have done differently if I was to shoot this location again. I think I would like to go back and shoot this at night with the crowds, lighting, and motion. At night this location comes alive with many activities. I think it would make for much more interesting photos. Perhaps I’ll get an opportunity to do this before summer is over.
I shot the photos below with my phone during our vacation last June. The location was Sandbridge Beach, VA. The forecast for the day was to start off cloudy and become sunny by afternoon. The sun never arrived. A dense fog developed over the water and presented a unique lighting and atmospheric condition.
One of my hobbies includes photography. I own a vintage Sears 35mm SLR film camera. The camera was manufactured for Sears by Ricoh. I occasionally use it for black & white film photography. Below are some photographs that I shot with the camera.
Using this camera is a real pleasure. The fact that you have to manually focus the camera makes you feel a bit more connected with the subject. Also, shooting film you have a limited number of photographs. This tends to make you much more selective about the subjects you decide to dedicate an exposure to. This is a stark contrast to shooting with my Canon DSLR with auto-focus, image stabilization, & a nearly infinite number of exposures you can use on a shoot.