I went for a quick hike up to Jane Bald after one of the recent snows we had and caught some great light, clouds and patterns in the snow on the boulders that are in the mountain. It was super windy so I had to kick up my ISO so I could have a pretty fast shutter speed. But regardless of the wind and cold temps, it was beautiful.
I named this journal entry "There's always that one bright snowflake" because in each of my images there's one snowflake that is reflecting a lot of light from the sun which makes a super bright dot on the image. I'm not sure they can be seen on here (if you look closely enough you can probably find them) but on my large computer monitor it looks pretty cool!
I also focused on what was in my foreground and worked to incorporate interesting elements into my composition so the viewer can imaginatively walk right through the scene. That wasn't a hard thing to do because there were these awesome patterns in the rocks everywhere.
Below are some of my favorite images from the hike.
Thanks for checking out what very well may be the last group of winter photos for this season. .
With rime ice on several mountains in the Asheville area, I thought I could get some good images of them from Bearwallow Mountain. Well I ended up getting some good images OF Bearwallow Mountain and not so much of the surrounding area.
This is a prime example of being able to adjust focus (no pun intended) from one subject to another to get the magic happening at that moment. The clouds in the sky weren't really that interesting, the light on the mountains wasn't doing anything cool, but man, there was rime ice all over the place. So I started shooting one of the forests at the top of the mountain. Trees, bushes and the ground were covered and were reflecting this beautiful light from the full sun.
As the sun began to set, the light went from a golden color to a rich orange to a redish-purplish hue. It was quite beautiful. I made many exposures of the first image below with different compositions but this is my favorite. I am also torn between the B&W version and the color version (posted here). I believe the B&W version is my preference but the color version keeps growing on me! If you have a preference let me know in the comments.
We're getting snow now as I speak so it's about that time to gear up and head out. . . Happy trails!
There's my buddy Andy Ormond charging up the trail.
What was supposed to be a dusting - 2 inches of snow in WNC this past weekend turned into an all-out snow storm that dropped about 10 inches at my place in Webb Cove and even more in the mountains southwest of Asheville! So naturally I had to go find the big stuff.
My buddy Andy Lukacs-Ormond and I traveled to the southern part of Haywood County near the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest and hiked along the Mountains to Sea Trail for a couple of miles. Finding a nice house-sized boulder, we set up shop on top for a little over an hour or so and caught some nice light, clouds and blowing snow. There was another storm coming in, so the hour got progressively cloudier. I didn't mind, as you can probably tell from the pics below.
All-in-all, it was a nice surprise and I look forward to what else this winter brings.
October 2017 was the month for my annual western pilgrimage, as some friends say. I got to spend a few days camping in Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado, did some hikes, got some snow, hung with some friends. . But my absolute favorite part of the trip was seeing my best friend get married. It was an incredible ceremony. And he even let me take some pics! Imagine that. . .
Cheers to Chris and Haley - 10/7/17
Below are some of my favorite images from the trip:
I got to take a few hours off of work Wednesday, so what else would I do but head up to the Roan to see the snow that had fallen over the crazy three days of winter we had in March?
I probably should've started this journal entry by saying that winter was rather dull this year. I was fortunate enough though to make it to the Roan several times this season so I'm pleased with the amount of snow hiking I did.
This last visit was quite intense though, with temps hovering around 10 degrees and the windchill around -10 degrees. Still, I managed to hike up Roan High Knob and explore the forest, as well as hike up to Round Bald and play around up there for sunset. The wind was so strong that many of my images turned out blurry from camera shake. I did have several that I was happy with and the experience was unforgettable so I was happy all-around.
Below are my favorite images from the trip, in no particular order. The second image is similar to this one I took last year (second image down). I realized this while composing the shot and thought it'd be funny to compare them when I finished editing this batch. Turns out they are quite different. Both were taken in the same forest yet have very different elements in them.
The textures in the snowy trees, the colors in the sky, all made for an awesome last winter adventure.
With all this said, I'd like to take a moment to thank the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for their tireless work protecting these lands around the Roan for the enjoyment of the public. I am proud to say I am a member of this wonderful organization and encourage anyone who loves WNC to join and take part in protecting our mountains for present and future generations.
Cheers and many thanks,