Just recently, I came to the realization that it is shameful that I only have one photo from the beach on my website while I live within 25 minutes from the ocean. A few weekends ago, I drove around exploring the beaches closest to me, with the specific idea in mind of finding pavilions or gazebos with views of the ocean. Two Saturdays ago, I arose at 5am and drove around 30 minutes to Spring Lake, New Jersey to a pavilion I found in the scouting trip. It was a cold, crisp morning with crystal clear skies except for a thick cloud bank right on the horizon. This is my favorite from the trip. It is composed of three different exposures merged to HDR with photoshop. I then used Hugin, an open source panoramic stitching program, to straighten out the vertical posts in the pavilion.
During the fourth weekend of October, my dad and I took a trip to Shenandoah National Park. We drove down there Thursday afternoon and stayed until Sunday afternoon. My grandparents were already there since the Tuesday before, so we met them for dinner Thursday night. During dinner I talked my grandfather into getting up for sunrise with me.
We awoke nice and early and drove a few miles down the road to Thorofare Mountain Overlook. It was very foggy while driving to the spot, but we were hopeful that the sun might poke through at some point. Unfortunately, we sat at the overlook for over an hour and a half, seeing the wall of fog get slightly lighter and lighter, but no break in the clouds.
Before leaving, I decided to take some shots of this lone tree in the fog and one shot of my grandfathers Mazda Miata. I did not take it for artistic reasons but as a testament to how awesome my grandfather is. I don’t know many people willing to get up at 5am on their vacation and sit in a car looking at a wall of fog, with some vague hope of seeing the sun rise.
Last month, I went up to my grandparents house in the Poconos to visit them. They have a nice waterfall about 20 feet tall within a mile and a half walk from their house. I received a handheld GPS unit from my parents for my birthday, so I decided to map out the trip with it. Right in the beginning of the hike, I noticed that the ferns in the area were starting to die out, making them a nice light brown color. I love photographing ferns because of the patterns their leaves make. I found the fern shown below in a spot of sun that made it through the tree canopy, highlighting it nicely and causing the background to darken.