Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Update

I can’t believe Summer is halfway over!  I was thinking it had been weeks since I blogged, but when I checked it was just a little over a week.  I have been really busy with the Road Runner Meetup Group the last couple of weeks and time is just flying by.  Last weekend we held a Meetup at Spruce Knob West Virginia to shoot Star Trails, but mother nature did not fully cooperate.  We had thunder storms right around sunset and had to take cover for about an hour or so.  Then we were treated to nice clear skies for about an hour or so until more clouds rolled in.   

The good news is I was able to get time this weekend to work on some favorite techniques like Light Painting and Motion Blurs.   

Next up we have a tour in Iceland with a private group.  Iceland is a landscape photographers dream and I’m super excited!   We are returning to Iceland in 2015 and it's not to early to sign up! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kenilworth Gardens Meetup

Yesterday morning we had a fantastic Meetup at Kenilworth Gardens!  It was nice to see old and new friends alike.  We maintain a fairly active Meetup Group here in the DC area and if you don't belong I would encourage you to check us out.  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day

Today we celebrate our independence and I thought it only appropriate to dig into my archives and find a suitable photo.  Taken earlier this year during one of my tours at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, it celebrates my love of country and urban exploration photography! 

I will be leading the photography tour at the Asylum in September.  If you have never been, I suggest you sign up because we always have a great time!  

Thursday, July 3, 2014


We finished our second tour of the Palouse a couple weeks ago and it was a great time. I'm just getting started on reviewing some images due to a mishap involving transition from a smaller Synology Network Storage to a larger faster one.  

Here is one of my favorite images that overlaps 2 different sheds. 

Friday, June 20, 2014


In my last post I talked about the disappearing structures dotting the landscape of the Palouse.  This was the other grainery that we found undergoing deconstruction.  We found this on the last day of our tour and the site was occupied so exploring the structure was out of the question.  

I used Perfect B&W (part of Perfect Photo Suite from OnOne Software) to process this image.  While I like the original color image, I think black and white lends itself to this image.  Currently OnOne Software is having a summer sale on this really cool package!   This program works as a stand alone or integrates within Photoshop.  It's also available as a 30 day trial. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Changing Landscape

The beautiful landscape of the Palouse is changing.  The grain silo pictured above is being deconstructed.  Last week in Palouse we saw two old silos being dismantled.  The dismantling process allows for recycling the massive amount of wood in this structure.  In most cases the wood is used for flooring and building materials.  It appears that repurposed wood is quite popular.  In talking with some of the people doing the deconstruction, government regulation is the driver behind removal of these structures. 

While I understand some of the intentions behind this type of regulation, the newer silos lack the character of these old wooden buildings and I will miss them! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Beautiful Morning

The wooded scene in this shot was taken on Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove prior to our Smokies tour.  We were out early doing our normal pre-tour scouting at Cades Cove and fog was abundant.  I had driven past these trees many times and never saw a picture, or a picture I wanted to make.  But this morning with fog in the background and sun hitting the trees in the foreground it was magical.