Saturday, October 10, 2015

Blur, Bah!

Few things are more annoying then going on a trip to the mountains, only to find out when you get back home that the focus settings on your camera were not set the way you thought they were.

Blurry photos... blah!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fall Colours On The Blue Ridge Parkway

Living so close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and not checking out the fall colours is tantamount to criminal activity (criminal negligence).

So last weekend I made plans to take a ride on the parkway and check out the scenery.

I almost didn't make it.  A huge rain storm blew into the area Friday night and lingered on into Sunday afternoon.  This same storm caused major flooding south of us.

However I checked the weather radar after church, and the route I was going to take was clearing up, so I hopped into the Geovan of Destiny and hit the mountains. My goal: Mabry Mill in Virginia.

Along the way I hit up many of the scenic overlooks that line the parkway.  At times the skies were clear, but often there was a thick fog blanketing the area. At times I was literally driving thru the clouds.
The fog is not so awesome for sweeping mountain vistas, but makes great moody effects against the trees.  I stopped off at the above overlook to take a picture of a tree.  When I approached the area, I noticed this plucky cow in the field.
Further on down the parkway I got a break in the clouds and got some nice views.
The fall colours were not in full force, but definitely enough to impress.
The views from the parkway never cease to impress.
After 4 hours of driving (45MPH limit on the parkway means  you don't go anywhere quickly - however you seldom want to go fast for fear of missing the views) I arrived at my goal, the Mabry Mill:
I took the interstate on the way back, and arrived home in just under two hours (just in time to put the kids to bed - win!).

All in all, it was a good day to spend in the mountains - Mind you, they all tend to be good days on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, October 04, 2015

The Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk

On Saturday, despite the forecasted nearly biblical rains in the Carolinas, we headed off to Fletcher North Carolina to attend the Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk.

The destination was the Sierra Nevada Brewery.

The brewery was actually Plan B for the walk, but due to the aforementioned rains, which were not quite biblical, but definitely significant.

None of us had ever been on a photowalk before, so we spent some time getting aquainted with the whole process, then we took a tour of the brewery, and got our photography on.

Even the kids got into the act.  We let them borrow some of our older gear.  Zeke really got into it. At one point in time he actually said "That is dark, I need to get more sun on there."
Would not be a trip to a brewery without a shot of, ya know, beer.  In this case the taps in the tasting room.
Beer bottles in a chandelier. 
Abigail giving Zeke some sass  (over the topic of how they were going to share the chair)
One last shot.
An appropriate sign, given this was the last thing I saw before we left the walk.

The photowalk was an interesting experience.  I can't wait until I go on another one.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Nevada Desert

A month-ish ago I spent a day with the wonderful +Nancy Levan exploring parts of Nevada.  We started the day doing a sunrise shoot over Lake Mead.  Afterwards we went for a drive and explored some more of the desert.

We'll start with a shot from the northern-ish end of Lake Mead.
This part of the desert doesn't have a lot of vegetation, but it does have a few cacti.
It also has the occaisional scrub-like tree.  The views are long and spectacular, tho.
Another shot of the scrub-brush like trees.  These things are only 12-18 inches high.
It is hard to believe all of this awesome nature, that feels so desolate and in the middle of nowhere, is only 30-45 minutes outside of the booming city of Las Vegas.
Everyone should spend time time in a desert.  I'm glad I got this chance.  Hopefully, someday, I will be back.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Hitman

This was my homework for an assignment from The Arcanum.  What do you all think?

The assignment was to select, from the six provided, one image to process as I saw fit.  I looked at the options and decided to combine two of them.  The two photos was a head shot of a guy wearing red sun glasses, and an alley scene, both taken by +Scott Wyden Kivowitz.  I added the dead body from a Google Image search, published under the Creative Commons (original here).

I also added the blood, a texture based on concrete, and some colour polarization on the glasses.