Taken at the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills last fall. This is one of my top two sunrises of 2015….not that there are many to choose from. I have a tough time getting up early. Days like this work hard to convince me it’s worth it though. lol
“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The settings: 1 sec, f/9, 10 mm, ISO 100
“It is not the length of life, but the depth of life” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introducing Warren Falls in Vermont. If you take Route 100 in the Green Mtn Forest, you’ll see a very popular waterfall along the roadside called Moss Glen (Granville). Right up the road is Warren Falls, which in my opinion are more impressive. The clear water, the multiple levels of deep, inviting pools and the rock erosion make for a beautiful scene.
In the summer, this is a popular swimming hole, and its difficult to photograph. Late fall though, if you’re brave (stupid?) enough to ford the river for this vantage point, then there are some great images to be made. :-)
The settings: f/22, 1 sec, 16 mm, ISO 100
“He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity.” – Neil Gaiman
Growing up in Connecticut, I came to think of light pollution as the norm. It wasn’t until I started traveling that I realized how many stars there really are. Now, dark skies take my breath away every damn time.
This image was taken last month in Badwater Basin, Death Valley on a beautiful, cold, starry night. In reality, it is a manual blend of two exposures. The base image, exposed for the sky, didn’t retain much foreground detail. I brushed in a little of a lighter exposure on the foreground in post processing.
My top of photo of 2015 is hands down the night I got to see the Northern lights for the first time. :-) I sat on the rocks in front of the lighthouse, listening to the waves around me, and watched the pillars of light in the sky dance. All around me, I heard other people gasping and laughing at the magic of Mother Nature’s show. It was an experience that I will cherish forever.
The rest of the images, in no particular order are….
This shot of the mighty Taughannock Falls in NY was taken in March. I have an ongoing photo file of places that I stumble across in my internet travels that have potential… This location was one of them. We spent 5 hrs in a car, each way, for a place that on the whole probably wasn’t going to offer many good vantage points for images. But then again, maybe it would. Maybe it needed to be explored. Maybe it needed to be worked at. Maybe… Well, maybe’s are intriguing…so we went. After all, life is meant to be an adventure. :-)
Elemental is a shot of Bash Bish Falls in NY. Beyond having spectacular light luck, and great water conditions (the low water level here was perfect for photos…though maybe less perfect regionally for everything else) I like this photo because it comes with a sense of accomplishment. I had been coming to this location for the last 17 years (give or take) and was never able to capture the sort of image that did it justice. This image is a symbol of perseverance. It reminds me that nature is so very changeable and that great images require patience and persistence to find the right set of conditions.
I saw two mind-blowing sunrises this year, and this was the first. First Light was taken as the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills of New York state. The reservoir is about 2 hours away, and believe me, when the morning came, I didn’t feel like getting up. But I did, and we (Kyle Van Etten, Scott Davis, Kathy Malatesta and myself) drove there, and it was so very worth it. The light was magical. It was a reminder of one very important rule in landscape photography: You can’t get the shot if you don’t show up.
Cavern Cascades is one of several great falls in Watkins Glen State Park in NY. The thing I like so much about this shot is the way the light fell in the gorge, and the varied textures making it absolutely perfect for black and white, which – as you may already know – is where I started my photo journey years ago. Oh, and the company on this trip was pretty damn nice too. I met up with Ron Clifford, AD Wheeler and Derek Kind to explore the area for the day. Such super nice guys and really talented photographers. I’m very glad to have met them. :-)
Last but not least, is a brand new shot from my last trip of the year. Earlier this month I went out west to explore Death Valley (California) and Valley of Fire (Nevada). This shot is from my second mind-blowingest (obviously, that’s a real word) sunrise of the year. My fellow photographer, Melissa Couture, and I were treated to such a show that morning. It was one of those times where the photographer and nature lover in me was at freak out level 10. I felt incredibly blessed to have experienced those moments, watching the colors of the sky shift and burn across the clouds, while the rocks below were painted with a beautiful glow. It made me grateful for the opportunities I have had in my life, for the chances I’ve taken, for the things I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. Not a bad way to close out 2015, in my opinion. ;-)
Thank you to each and every one of you for the continued support, the comments, the feedback and the love this past year. It really means the world to me (and to David, my business partner-in-crime!). Keep on rocking into 2016!
Earlier this month I went out west to explore Death Valley National Park in California. During the month of October, they had a flood (yes, I said flood! In the desert!) that changed a lot of the landscape. Roads were washed out, some areas were completely inaccessible still, and the salt patterns in Badwater Basin got a bit of a reset. Zabriskie Point though? It was lookin’ mighty fine. Especially draped in such dramatic light.
To say we lucked out with the skies during our trip is an understatement. Like….the traveler/photographer/nature lover in me was literally freaking out. A lot. Because holy crap, that light. *swoon*
According to the Wik (always a reliable source of information), these badlands were the result of a little bit of water erosion (there used to be a lake here, with fish and stuff)…and then a little bit of lava action (so…also some volcano-y stuff). The rock formations left behind were otherworldly and breath-taking, from both above at the overlook and below along the Badlands Loop trail. (To read more about our hike that day, check out my stuff on The Outbound Collective. They just released a brand new app for the iPhone and have a pretty rad new #protectthewild series of articles in their journal that are definitely worth a read!)
I had an awful lot of fun exploring Death Valley, and have put it on my “to re-visit” list, because a few days was just not enough time to see all of the awesome! For now though, looking at these photos will have to suffice. ;-)
For those of you who like the details: f/9, 10 mm, iso 100, 1 sec
Another gorgeous image and thoughtful post from my co-author partner-in-crime! He knocked it out of the park with this one. :-)
This wasn’t just a sunset, this was art in motion.
“There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re opposites. If we’re in fear, we are not in a place of love. When we’re in a place of love, we cannot be in a place of fear.”
This quote may seem out of place, but stick with me for a moment.
I arrived at the Natural Bridges trail in Samuel H Boardman about an hour and a half before sunset. The…
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