If These Are From the Middle of the Day . . .

by | Jun 23, 2014 | Impressive Places | 0 comments

Here are a few shots from my scouting excursion in southern Virginia. I didn’t have the privilege of hitting any of these locations during the golden hours, but that’s ok if you have a good compass so you will know where the sun will be when you can come back later. I could still do my scouting. Not every place I went to was photogenic, but as you can see in the pictures below, I found some pretty awesome spots that will be great for bringing a group of trigger-happy photographers. If these are the kind of shots I could get during the middle of the day, I can’t wait to see what can be captured at the more colorful times of day. Looking forward to CAPTURE Virginia more than ever! Click here to register.

2049_Gretna-Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

Old structures are all over the place on Our Father’s Farm, one of the locations we plan on visiting. I liked the dew-weighted grass leaning in toward the direction of the house. The fact that it’s leaning toward the house didn’t happen by itself; I was soaking wet from criss-crossing through that field looking for the best angle.

2070_Blue Ridge Parkway (near MP86)-Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-320 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

I had seen pictures of this little bridge as I was doing my Internet research in the Peaks of Otter region. It took a bit walking around to find it, but now I know exactly where to point folks when we arrive in the dark, early in the morning . . .

2074_Blue Ridge Parkway (near MP83)-Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 23 mm, 2.5 sec at f - 22, ISO 50

It’s quite difficult to capture the effect of flowing water when the water that’s flowing is in full sunlight. I had to use a 3-stop ND filter to get a long enough shutter speed.

2024_Gretna-Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-15 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

No Lightroom “Clarity” effect here. When there’s a lot of moisture in the air and you’re exposed for the shadow areas of an image, you can really get a pleasant glowing effect.

2061_Blue Ridge Parkway (near MP86)-Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-640 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

Though it’s not a spectacular image, I chose it because there were enough elements in the scene to provide interest and inspire emotions of tranquility. Not too bad for the middle of the day, I’d say.


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