Through The Lens 109 – Cass Fall Photography Workshop

In one of the scenes from the night session at the Cass Fall Photography Workshops, Andy checks the line shaft of Western Maryland Shay ‘Big 6’ with the help of an inspector’s lantern.

I recently finished editing photos from the 2016 & 2017 Cass Fall Photography Workshops, so I’ll do a trip report Tuesday.

Through The Lens 108 – Yellowstone

The recent cold snap had me thinking about the coldest weather I’ve experienced. It was -31°F the morning we went to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and it was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen.  Clear blue skies and the air shimmered with tiny ice crystals floating.  Its hard to believe it was ten years ago.  It seems like I was just there.

Through The Lens 107 – Happy New Year!

Since Monday is New Year’s I thought I would take the opportunity to share a couple of my favorite images from the year. 2017 was a great year photographically that included a number of trips to photograph railroads, landscapes, abandoned structures and more. In no particular order, here are a couple of my favorites:

The image above is from a photo trip to the East Broad Top Railroad in Orbisonia, PA from a workshop I attended in January.

Next up is a photo from the Locust Heights & Western photo charter in August. This was my first trip to this awesome place and I’m looking forward to returning in the future.

Raven’s Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway was a happy accident. Traffic on I-81 on my way to Roanoke put me in position to take a detour to catch sunset on the Parkway.

Ravens Roost Overlook Sunset

Speaking of Roanoke, this photo was taken on the third of three weekends chasing N&W 611.

Ohiopyle was a quick stop on the way to Locust Heights in August. I’m hoping to make a fall color trip there in the next year or so.

Cucumber Falls

Last but not least, 2017 saw two trips to the Klotz Throwing Company for workshops.

I’m still processing photos from Strasburg, The Scranton Lace Company, Williamsburg, Walt Disney World, and the Cass Photography Workshops, so keep an eye out for those hopefully soon.

Happy New Year!

Through The Lens 105 – Williamsburg Christmas Decorations

We’ll stick with the Williamsburg Christmas decorations this week.  While many of the decorations are elaborate, using a wide range of materials, some of my favorites like the one in the photo above are the simpler ones.

Through The Lens 104 – Colonial Williamsburg Christmas

Another from the archives.  A few years ago, a snow storm hit Williamsburg in late December.  It was after Christmas but before they take the decorations down in January.  It was an easy decision to make the four hour drive in the snow for this photography opportunity.

Through The Lens 103 – Antietam Memorial Illumination

Tomorrow (unless postponed by weather) is the 2017 edition of the Antietam Memorial Illumination.  I won’t be attending this year as I have other commitments, but I highly recommend anyone in the area making the trip to Sharpsburg to drive through the Battlefield.  The army of volunteers places one luminary on the battlefield for each casualty.  Antietam remains our bloodiest day in war with 23,110 casualties, a number that isn’t fully understood until you see it represented in candles.

More information here for those who wish to attend:  Antietam Memorial Illumination

Through The Lens 102 – Wabun and the J

The engineer eases off the throttle of N&W 611 heading into a speed restriction on the uphill grade outside the town of Wabun, VA.  This was the first of two trips out of Roanoke on Memorial Day 2016.

After Norfolk Southern ended its first steam program in 1994, many thought we’d never get to see the J under steam again.  Fortunately miracles happen and the Virginia Museum of Transportation restored 611 to service with the help of Norfolk Southern and many other generous donors.  I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to ride behind and photograph one of the finest steam locomotives ever built.  Even better, I got to photograph it with some good friends.  Thanks again, Kevin, Mike and Rick!

Through The Lens 101 – Conowingo Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle

It’s that time of year again when the photographers start to gather at Conowingo Dam to photograph the eagles.  Doesn’t look like I’ll make it down this year, but I hope to make a trip next year.

Through The Lens 100 – Big Creek Cascades

Big Creek Cascades - Autumn

Big Creek is one of my favorite locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Big Creek is full of these little cascades and pools and is a lot of fun to shoot.