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 85 – Ravens Roost Adding Scale

Ravens Roost Overlook Sunset

Since a number of folks liked my previous post from Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I thought I’d share another.

I usually don’t include people in my landscape photos because they’re often distracting elements.  But on the rare occasion when they’re standing in the right spot, its nice to include people to add a sense of scale.  After other photographers had moved on to other locations at the overlook, I found a composition that allowed me to include two people between the trees.

Through The Lens 83 – Ravens Roost Overlook

Ravens Roost Overlook Sunset

This photo of sunset at Ravens Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway is another case of luck favoring the prepared.  I was driving from work in Baltimore down to Roanoke for Memorial Day Weekend to photograph N&W 611 on her trips out of Roanoke.  During lunch at work I took a couple of minutes to look up potential sunset locations on the the Blue Ridge Parkway just in case I was ahead of schedule and had time to head back up the parkway after checking into my hotel.  Four traffic accidents on I-81 turned a 4 hour drive into 7 hours, but remembering one photo I saw of an overlook at the North end of the parkway, I turned east on I-64 with just enough time to get to Ravens Roost Overlook before sunset.  Sometimes you just get lucky.