Archive for the ‘Trip Reports’ Category

Blue Mountain Summit Virtual Tour, Adirondacks, NY

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

This past August, I took a trip to the Adirondacks with my long-time friends, the Ritter family. This trip in particular, I spent some time beforehand researching possible photo locations and trails to hike. I found two summit hikes with fire towers at the top that seemed to have good views. The first was Blue Mountain, right near the Adirondack Museum. It was a relatively short hike, 2.2 miles to the top, but with the largest climb I had done at 1500 feet. I talked my friend, Edward, into climbing it with me. It turned out that 2.2 miles is quite long when you are climbing the entire time, but we pushed through it and made it to the top in good time. I am not a fan of heights; it took an internal battle to will myself up the rickety-looking fire tower. I took this virtual tour from the inside.

Click here to view the virtual tour.

Whitesbog, New Jersey

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

After a few uninspired, busy weeks, I made time to go shooting this past Friday and Saturday. On Friday, I took a trip to scout out Batsto Lake not too far from Tuckerton, New Jersey. It looks like it has some promise, although bug spray is a must. I found 3 ticks on me after walking for less than 15 minutes. I went back to Whitesbog for sunset and found a few good spots for future photos.

On Saturday I went back to Whitesbog for sunset. I found this small group of stumps in one of the bogs. Because the bog is so shallow, the water is very still, making for awesome reflections of the sky. Here is what I ended up with:

Whitesbog Reflection

Manasquan Reservoir: Leaves at Water’s Edge

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

I had the day off work on Monday, so I decided to take a trip to the Manasquan Reservoir. The water has come up all the way to the trees, cutting off access to my favorite subjects. When I walked down to the edge of the water, I found these nice, dark-red leaves with the water rushing in amongst them with each wave. The water saturated the colors of the leaves and reflected light, making for a high contrast composition. I used my Canon 17-40mm f/4 L with my tripod dropped to just inches off the ground. I stopped down the aperture to get maximum depth of field, leaving me with a shutter speed of over 1 second.

I picked my two favorites from the day, which happen to be of the same area just from slightly different angles. I prefer one slightly over the other, but I am curious to hear what you all think. Which image do you like better? Which composition feels more balanced to you? Leave a comment with your answer!

Manasquan Reservoir: Wet Leaves 1

Manasquan Reservoir: Wet Leaves 2