Two weeks ago our Road Runner Photography Tours Meetup Group spent the afternoon and more importantly the evening at Carrie Furnace in Rankin, PA. We had 15 photographers clicking away on everything from some standard light painting like the train car above to my friend Jeff spinning woolies. I always find it amazing how light can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. The giant thermos on rails above in my opinion is a boring shot during the day, but throw in some light painting of the foreground and a 2 minute exposure of the moving clouds and you get something much more than ordinary.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
High above the ground at this old iron furnace is the gas purification deck. I’m no expert on the steel making process, but it is my understanding the gases that resulted from the process of making iron were captured and reused in other areas of what was once the Homestead Works. Today Carrie Furnace is what remains, a small part of what was once a vast steel mill on the Monongahela River. Last Saturday I took a group from RoadRunner Photography Tours Meetup to this really cool site. We are currently making plans for a return trip next spring!
I’m just starting to process the images and am really looking forward to working on the ones that were made after dark!
The image above was made with Topaz Black and White Effects with a little of the original color mixed in.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Last weekend we wrapped up our photography tour in Cape May, NJ. Every time I visit Cape May I find more to like about this little town on the shore. This year my tour partner Denise Silva and I arrived a day early to do some scouting and that included exploring the little coastal towns along the South Jersey shore. Each town seems to have a unique personality. Considering that these towns are so close to each other it is quite surprising they are so different from each other. I really enjoyed working with the different levels of photographic talent, some of our more experienced participants were a great source of inspiration and it was great to help our beginners improve over the weekend.
My only disappointment was not being able to find an open shop for Ice Cream.
We will be going back to Cape May next October. We would love to have you join us in the great location!
Monday, October 21, 2013
This past weekend Road Runner Photography Tours held a Meetup in the White Oak Canyon section of Shenandoah National Park. We had great conditions for waterfall photography because Mother Nature was kind enough to provide a mostly cloudy day, and for a photographer this is perfect for waterfalls. After dark myself and a few others decided to hang out and provide some of our own light. Considering we had a 2 mile hike out in the dark I only did this one shot of the lower falls, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I’m taking an evening off from photographing fall color to work on some images from the Smokey Mountains this past spring. We are planning to tour the Smokey Mountains again in 2014, if you would like to join us please check out the Road RunnerPhotography Tours site. Spring in the Smokies is always a nice time!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Last weekend I visited Scranton Lace Factory for the second time this year. While I think my first visit was very productive, last weekend offered me the ability to slow down and really work on some things that I had missed and work on some things that needed improving. But after about 5 hours on site I hit a mental wall and it was time to pack it up and go home. My friend Jeff Johnson seemed to also hit his mental wall about the same time as I did, so this worked out perfectly.
For me good photography requires thought and concentration and as a result I get mentally tired after a period of time. I also notice that if I am preoccupied or bothered about something, the quality of my work suffers. At the same time I know several photographers who don’t seem to suffer from this condition. As they say, we are all different and as time goes by I find that I need to worry less about what works or does not work for others, instead learn what works and does not work for me. I have always felt that photography is a journey, but today I would likely call it a creative journey and photography just happens to be the medium I use to express my vision.
This weekend I start what will be a couple weeks of Nature Photography. I will be leading a photo tour in West Virginia and I’m really excited to get back to nature and share the experience with a group of people. Then over the next couple weeks I plan to chase the fall color into Pennsylvania and then back to Virginia.
By the way, the picture above is the last remaining loom at Scranton Lace.
Monday, September 23, 2013
In November we will be hosting a rather unique meetup at the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA, but first a little history. The Carrie Furnaces were part of the Homestead Steel Works located on the Monongahela River outside of Pittsburgh. Today all that remains on this site are the number 6 and 7 blast furnaces. Built in 1907, the furnaces produced iron for the Homestead Works from 1907 until 1978.
This facility appears quite large when you first visit, but as I researched the history I found myself wishing that more of the site remained. The unique thing about our visit in November is we will be the first group to ever photograph the location after dark! I’m really looking forward to light painting parts of this facility.
For the picture above, I used a Lensbaby Composer Pro with a double glass optic. Considering that pipes seemed to run in every possible direction, I used the Lensbaby to help simplify the shot.
If you want to see more of this great location, check out the small gallery I posted on Flickr.