Learned Something New Today Yet?

by | May 16, 2014 | Impressive Places, Tips & Tricks | 6 comments

Summer travels have begun! This weekend finds me in Ridgecrest, North Carolina at the CEF International Conference. Having been here a few years ago, I knew of a nice overlook on the campus that I was able to drive out to right around sunset. Hadn’t ever been there on a sunny evening, though, and it was beautiful!

With my little SunSurvey app on my phone, I knew sunset was at 8:20pm. However, you have to remember that in the mountains the sunlight disappears on the mountains long before then. This was something I had kinda forgotten . . . and that’s why the sunlight is only on the tops of the mountains. This shot was taken at 8:05pm. Wish I had gotten there much sooner.

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Have you learned/been reminded of something new today? There’s been a lot of activity recently on the Lenspiration Forums where I’m sure there are discussions where you could pick up a tip or two. Check out the following topics; add your own experience if you’d like:

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  1. Patricia Brown

    Nice job, I never thought about the Golden Hour being messed up in the mountains, but that makes sense.

    I am enjoying your blog!

    • James Staddon

      Yes, there is always something to keep you on your toes shooting in the field. 🙂

  2. Asheville Steve

    I have to say that even though you may not have gotten out to the overlook at the time you originally wanted, but this picture still looks incredible! Also thanks for sharing the photography tips, I’ve been meaning to improve my skills, especially with some of the great summer time events coming up in Asheville.

    • James Staddon

      Living in the Asheville area would be awesome! Lots of excellent photo ops all around, I’m sure. I think what makes this picture work is the texture in the mountain. It was only one of many mountains visible from that particular overlook, but I always came back to the shapes the ridges produced leading up to the peak and so zooming in on that and making it my focus is what makes it work, I think. You can’t see the entire horizon, but what good is it to see everything if you don’t “feel” it?

      • Asheville Steve

        There certainly are plenty of fantastic photo ops to be had, although I’d argue that these can be found all over the great state of North Carolina. I think you’re pick of focus for this particular picture is superb! The ridges in the mountains here have always held an air of immense elegance and beauty for me.

  3. James Staddon

    Yes. After driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few hours, one begins to realize just how much undeveloped land there is out there . . .


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