Nature Photography – Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Open field Doughton Park
A photo of an open field at Doughton Park.
Doughton Park Rock Outcropping Landscape
Same field, just a different perspective with the rock outcropping in the foreground.
Landsacpe Photo Doughton Park
This photo was also taken at Doughton Park. You can see one of the balds in the distance.
Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain View
Layer of mountains fade into the distance. This photo was taken at Doughton Park at one of the many overlooks within the park and along the parkway.
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Small pond just off the parkway.
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Same pond from a different vantage point. The water was really calm and still.
Blue Ridge Parkway Pond
Portrait view so I could include a bit of the sky. By this time is was getting later in the evening.

Nature Photography – Wild Flowers

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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Yellow wild flowers growing in Doughton Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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A closer view of a violet colored wild flower.
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There where lost of these delicate flowers growing in the grassy fields of Doughton Park.
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Another shot of these delicate little flowers. This time with a bit more of it’s surroundings.
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It was not my intention to photograph this little guy. I tried to encourage him to move along but he seemed to really like this flower so I just let him be.
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These where quite numerous as well.
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These guys where growing down into the grass & close to the ground.
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Another purple and white blossom.
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I had good sunlight for this photo. I do not know what type of flower this is. But, it was very delicate and it caught my eye. I only saw this one.
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Tight crop of a Dandelion.

Downtown Photo Exploration

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.

Ghost walker in a downtown alley
Can you see the ghost walker?
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Rear view of a downtown building with elevated iron walkway
Electrical Meters Cluster
A cluster of electrical meters in a downtown alley.
Graffiti Door
Graffiti next to the entrance to an abandoned downtown building
Dark and narrow downtown alley
Shot of a dark and narrow downtown alley.
Moon with alley walls
Shot of the moon framed with the walls of a downtown alley.

Night Photography – An Illuminating Presence

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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A photo of the showroom at night with light trails in the foreground.
Night photography auto garage with light trails
I like the light trails in the foreground and the large illuminated windows of the garage in the background.  If you look closely you will notice the classic car to the right of the showroom.
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Black and white photo of a custom automotive shop

Night Photography – A Deserted Downtown Alley

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.

Downtown Alley At Night. Black and White Long Exposure Photo
Black and white photo of a downtown alley. This is a long exposure photo taken at night.

Night Photography – A Long Exposure Photo of Main Street at Dusk

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.

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A long exposure photo of Main Street in my hometown.

 

 

Travel Photography – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

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.

Bumper cars at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Calm before the storm? Bumper cars carefully lined up from the night before waiting on the chaos that is sure to come.
Marquee at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk marquee on this colorful building at Carolina Beach.
Carousel at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This empty carousel patiently waits on the masses of people that will soon arrive.
Shops at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Colorful shops along the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, NC
Skywheel at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This colorful Skywheel will soon be filled with thrill seekers at Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Travel Photography – Sandbridge Pier

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.

Photograph of framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day high key photograph
High key photograph of the pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.

Film Photography – Black & White Film Roll #1

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.

 

 

End grain of a wood beam
End grain of a wood beam from a hiking shelter at Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Mountain view from Doughton Park
Mountain view from a hiking trail located in Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railroad Trestle in Roaring River, NC
Railroad trestle located in Roaring River, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC