Monday, August 29, 2011

A larger view

A wider (or better, depending on your point of view) look at the Blackwater Falls in West Virginia.

The sun was playing nice on a generally overcast day when I took this, so the land was deep green, with the waterfall still being white.

Would have liked the lake at the bottom some other colour other than brown, but you can't have everything.

Ready for Takeoff!

In West Virginia there is a small community of houses with a runway attached. It's a 'fly-in' where the houses are for people who own personal aircraft.

This plane was there when I was, and the sky was delightfully full of clouds. Shot in B/W on my Nikon D1x and a soft filter applied.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Great Big Thing

AKA Green Bank (Radio)Telescope. Located in West Virginia, and dedicated to sourcing out radio emmissions from the stars, no digital or electronic gear allowed nearby, but you could shoot with film, of which I had with me.

The colour-balancing of the one-hour processing joint was way off, hence the pink sky and greenish land, but I felt it adds to the look of the thing, so I'm leaving it there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Up Close and Personal

Okay not so much, but rather a closeup of the falls using a zoom lens. Nothing fancy about the image, I just like the step-life effect of the falling water over the rocks.

Accident by Design

Despite what it may look like, this image isn't photoshopped or retouched in any way. It's straight from the camera.

The effect is gained by stacking two circular polarizers on top of my Nikon D1x, and maximizing the amount of light they block, only allowing near infrared through.

Fun with Black and White

Also taken with my 50mm, and my Nikon D1x set to B/W mode and a yellow filter attached to the lens. The yellow filter is supposed to bring out the tone of anything green, but I also noticed it has the effect of removing haze, and thus making the image sharper.

Colour me late to the game, but I've just started to realize the flexibility of filters. Gotta find more soon.


Always wanted the 'cotton candy' like effect of flowing water, but really hadn't been able to get that look until now. Circular polarizer to the rescue!

I could really slow down the shutter time without losing the colour of the surrounding area with thie polarizer. Now I just have to find one for my wider lenses

Morning Sunrise

A little sun peeking through the mists of a morning in West Virginia's Canaan Valley. Experimenting with a polarizer on my 50mm lens. I like the effects.
Taken with my Nikon D1x