2014 was another extremely productive year on the photographic front. It was a year that saw 11 new images enter my portfolio. An effort that literally transformed my portfolio from last years version. On a side note, 3 of my Top 10 images from 2013 were licensed as well.
#1 is from Lake Johnson city park in Raleigh, NC. The location may not be ‘grand’, but the results certainly were. A write upon the image can be read here.
After no less than 30 attempts at predicting an amazing sunrise the learning and studying paid off with this image as a result. It ended up being the second best sunrise I can remember and one well worth all of the effort.
#2 comes from the Great Smoky Mountains NP outside Tremont, TN. The image was captured during the rain. Thus requiring the camera to dry out afterwards.
Blooming dogwood tree clinging to rock next to the Middle Prong. Taken in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee.
#3 comes from Lake Crabtree in Cary, NC. This was a welcome surprise during a scouting trip. Sadly this tree is now completely dead so there is no chance of a “fall color” version of this simple, but powerful image.
This image was taken close to home while out scouting a location for another image. The soft yellow light on the tree captured my attention and the resulting images become one of my favorites. The bank had given way and the tree fallen over with just a portion dipping underwater. The lack of a breeze kept the lake water clam during the capture. Finding situations like this close to home is what keeps me exploring the area around me. I’ve since visited the tree and it is completely dead. So there are now no chance of making a similar image with fall colors.
#4 is of the Bogue Inlet Pier on Emerald Isle, NC. This is the most complex image in the collection. It required light painting and an alignment of the Moon and Venus. The crazy yellow lighting is from a very powerful incandescent light.
Photographers don’t vacation like everyone else
This shot was made over Memorial Day weekend. The alarm went off at 4:40am to get to this location for some sunrise shots. That was after a 4:20am alarm, and before a 4:30am alarm. I guess the 4:40 alarm could have been considered “sleeping in.”
This wasn’t a planned shot. Rather a “show up and figure it out” scenario. The moon had risen not long before my arrival and Venus was still hanging low in the sky. The frame came automatically upon arrival.
The lighting on this one is a complete mix bag. The foreground support was lightpainted with a white LED flashlight. The second layer of sand was cast in a strong yellow light from a bright incandescent bulb. The first light of the day is coming up above the horizon and provides a nice red/yellow glow. The sky is still bathed in rich royal blue because the sun was still ~1 hour away from truly rising.
Shot at a higher ISO (1600) than necessary so the crescent moon wouldn’t shift to much. An exposure of 4 seconds was used to help it keep its shape. The camera was set low to the ground. The tripod had to be shifted between each frame to ensure the celestial subjects remained properly framed.
#5 is the most compromised image in the collection. At the time of capture I was using a busted ballhead (gotta love that on a vacation) and wasn’t fully adjusted to that fact. The image was captured at a slant and had to be corrected in post. Error aside, the image held up.
Weathered tree along the bank of St. Mary Lake around sunrise. The mountains and clouds provide a backdrop to the image and help provide a sense of scale, and depth, to the image. This morning had extremely high winds coming through the valley and which created whitecaps. This allowed for the splash of water along the banks.
This sadly is a tighter crop of this scene than originally composed. My ballhead broke during this trip and this scene was captured with ~10-15 degree slant despite my attempts to work around the failure. Once the horizon was adjusted there thankfully was enough of the original subject matter to keep the image. Still a personal favorite from an amazing trip.
#6 is of Apikuni Falls in Glacier National Park in Montana. A pleasant surprise at the end of a 2-mile hike. This is probably the most powerful image of the Top 10.
Apikuni Falls in the Swiftcurrent region of Glacier National Park, Montana. This was a treat as we didn’t research the falls before doing the hike. Turned out to be extremely beautiful and near perfect timing for the lighting.
Taken at an extremely reasonable 6:26 PM. That’s correct. A time that didn’t require an early alarm clock… just a later dinner.
#7 was captured in Swansboro, NC alongside a very close friend. Can’t ask for better company or a better cloud to float through the scene!
Colorful sunrise over a balanced dock in Swansboro, NC.
#8 was the result of visiting the same sunflower patch two days in a row. Doing so pushed my creativity and allowed this image to be made.
Sunflower Starburst captured near Emerald Isle, NC.
#9 is from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville/Blowing Rock/Banner Elk, NC. This scene is typically captured in the opposite direction. This capture actually has a photographer doing just that. If you have visited the area then you know where to look for the standard setup.
Landscape image of the Linn Cove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall.
#10 was captured in what most (unfortunately) consider a photographic wasteland… Mississippi. Such a shame people overlook this beautiful state and what is has to offer. Bald Cypress at peak color with overcast light. I could have shot here all day!
Today’s image is an 8 second exposure from LeFleur’s Bluff State Park outside of Jackson, MS. Hard not to love fall color, cypress trees, reflections, and smooth water that still shows some motion. A new addition to the portfolio.