The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Experimental. This theme is really a blank slate, it can be interpreted in so many ways. When I was trying to decide what direction to take this challenge in. I thought I wanted to experiment with lens flares. Shooting directly into the sun is something I never intentionally do. So trying to photograph a subject that is back-lit by the sun is something completely new to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so for me, this is certainly experimental.
For the past several years the company that I work for has participated as a hot-air balloon launch site for the Carolina BalloonFest. This year I arrived early so I could photograph the event. Spectators are allowed to be on the field as the balloon crews are setting up the balloons. It is interesting to watch this occur. As each crew member seems to have a specific role in the unloading, inflation, and launch of the balloon. Each balloon is unique in shape and color. Also, the balloons are launched just after sunrise when the air is still cool and the winds are light. This made for some decent photo opportunities with the bright flames of the burners against the new light of the day.
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This is the first visit to Cherry Grove Beach for me and my family. We are here for vacation and have enjoyed getting away and slowing down the pace of life for a few days. Our hotel fronts on the Atlantic Ocean but has a wonderful view of a tidal marsh area behind the hotel. This tidal waterway is named House Creek. It plays host to water fowl and a variety of other wild life. The creek is never the same twice since it’s water level is constantly changing with the flow of the tides.
I went to the marsh just after sunrise hoping to get some photos in the early morning light. I did manage to find some wild life to photograph but I did not find the early morning landscape photo I was hoping for. Still this was a successful outing simply because I was able to experience a new place and had photography opportunities that I do not have at home.
That evening we had a few thunderstorms passing to our north. The photograph below shows one of those storms building in the distance.
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.