While looking for photo ops around Graves Mountain apple warehouses, I spied a solitary apple on the ground. I picked the apple up and discovered that it was perfect in every way, but it needed a place to be photographed. Then I spied a stack of electrifying blue shipping pallets. The beautiful red apple and the blue pallets made for an eye-popping juxtaposition of color and textures.
Note: When you have a visual appealing subject, take both horizontal and vertical images. I like the vertical image for its greater visual appeal and will keep the horizontal image also
Remember graduated Neutral Density (ND) filters? I’ve been relying on HDR (High Dynamic Range) capture for so long until a sunlit, dappled landscape in the Graves Mountain area (Syria, VA) needed more contrast in the sky portion of the image. With a 2-stop, soft edge Singh-Ray ND filter, I was able to capture the range of tones in a single exposure. Live View makes it easier to see the transition of the filter before capture. See the before and after images.
It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected as one of four photographers to lead a photo op at Longwood Gardens. Photograph the newly renovated Main Fountain in the early morning hours. There will be three other Longwood photographers to assist you in getting the best possible fountain pictures from different locations and angles. This is a unique and exciting photo op that you won’t want to miss!
For registration and complete description of this unique photographic opportunity, click on the link below.
I’ve eyed this old granary building in Marshall, VA long before moving to Gainesville area. I checked out the building several times for the best lighting and decided to photograph the building during the early morning hours. This was a good opportunity for me to test MacPhun’s Aurora HDR software too. The light was perfect as I envisioned, and the rainfall from a passing storm the previous night freshened the vegetation and added a glow to stones in the rail bed. As I started photographing the building, providence shined upon me—a Norfolk Southern train appeared and stopped in the right position to complete the scene and composition. The train was truly an unexpected gift and was stationary for over 20 minutes.
Colors, patterns, and textures often guide my focus in photographing a garden. Most gardens are designed around year-round colors, interesting plant shapes, and a juxtaposition of textures and a repetition of shapes. Flowers are photographed close-up, singularly, in odd numbers, and in a grouping of three to form a visual triangle. Also, when photographing gardens, my imagination gets the best of me. At Green Spring, I saw an elephant looking at me. Of course, I couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity. Enjoy the gallery below!