Monday, October 21, 2013

White Oak Canyon After Dark


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

Remembering the Smokies

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

Almost Back to Nature

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.