Hi everyone. This past week has been somewhat quiet, thankfully, and afforded me time to catch up on image processing and begin to think about some overall changes to my website. I also was able to get out for a little bit of photography at a family dinner event. This stunning red barn has been high on my list to photograph but I have just not been there at the right time when all of the conditions you might want - think clouds and light - have come together. As we pulled into the farm I knew it was going to be great, though I had barely a half an hour until sunset, which meant I had maybe 45 to 50 minutes of shooting time. While my wife went on in to the dinner I was running through a pasture of emerald green grass to get to the barn.
Hi everyone. I am pleased to present my Top 18 images from this years photographic travels and explorations. This year I stayed a little closer to home and spent more time in some of my favorite places as well as exploring several new locations. I have not loaded these images in any specific order and I also did not limit them to a Top 12. Out of the hundreds of image I made these photographs essentially represent my favorites because of what they ultimately mean to me.
Starting a Photographic Project is a way to invest in a personal exploration of a subject. As a landscape photographer I travel quite extensively to some far flung places around the United States. Chasing light and capturing the grandeur of the American landscape might, by some, be considered a project but in my way of thinking it is not really the same thing.
As a child, I can remember fondly, many warm, Fall afternoons laying in the grass along with my friends and watching intently as clouds moved over our heads. We challenged each other to find the shapes of animals or other patterns, and when we did, we watched as the clouds morphed and rearranged themselves, only to finally drift out of sight.
Shooting during twilight is a subject that I have written about in previous posts and on my other social media sites. It is arguably my favorite time to make images. Landscape photographers often speak to the concept of the "quality of light" when making images. Twilight light is much lower in contrast, and depending on other factors, such as clouds or open skies, transmits mostly reflected light.
There are no lack of barns where I live. After all the landscape around Shepherdstown is very much rural and agrarian. Farmers rotate the fields between crops of corn, soybeans, and hay. In-between these fields, windbreaks of native trees offer cover for a variety of wildlife, and swaths of wildflowers undulate over the rolling terrain.