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Interview in Spring/Summer 2010 Nature’s Best Photography Magazine

06.11.10 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Hey everybody,

I have a feature article/interview in the newest (Spring/Summer 2010) Nature’s Best Photography Magazine… Woo-hoo! It just came out this week.

North Carolina

Ghosts of the Pisgah, Balsam Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

06.04.10 | Permalink | Post a Comment

Here’s another from the hauntingly beautiful and stormy evening a few nights ago along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’m heading home now. It was a very successful trip, and I’ve come away with plenty of images and a few stories that I can’t wait to share, but for now I must drive home!

North Carolina

Stormy Summer Sunsets, Balsam Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

06.02.10 | Permalink | 11 Comments

I am currently in the field but thought I’d take the time to quickly process and post two images from last night. The area has been socked in with thunderstorms, clouds, and fog over the past three days. While this has made for great conditions photographing the forests, streams, waterfalls, and some foggy/misty-looking landscapes, it sure hadn’t afforded me any nice sunrise or sunset conditions until last night! I had been up on the Blue Ridge parkway for a few hours, photographing in the fog and rain, and was basically driving around aimlessly, looking for a spot to photograph the sunset that I figured would probably not happen. I came across a spot near the parkway with some big ~15′ boulders, climbed on top of them, and found a few compositions I liked. So, I decided to wait there for a while and see what would happen. Luckily, about five minutes before sunset, there was a rather large break in the lower level of clouds, and mother nature granted me a fifteen minute window to photograph this beautiful scene.

The clouds and fog teased me plenty of times, looking as if they were about to thin out a bit, but then coming back in full force, seeming to stifle my hopes for a dramatic and colorful sunset. Still, I stuck with it, and my patience rewarded me.


North Carolina

Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA

06.01.10 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Hey,

Still out on my Blue Ridge trip… Yesterday was relatively uneventful, but today had some nice rainy weather in which I photographed several waterfalls, and had an absolutely fantastic sunset that I’ll share images of soon. Pictured below is one of the waterfalls that I photographed today, Looking Glass Falls. To obtain this perspective, I put my river sandals on and waded into thigh deep water, which was honestly quite pleasant. I’ll be sure to share more soon, and post a new version of this image once I return to my calibrated monitor at home!

North Carolina

Linville Falls, Linvile Gorge Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USA

05.30.10 | Permalink | Post a Comment

Hey everybody,

I’m currently on a photo trip in North Carolina, shooting on and around the Blue Ridge Parkway. Having arrived to the area yesterday in the late afternoon, I figured that I’d be able to make the most out of the remainder of the day by hiking down into the Linville Gorge. Linville Falls is a beautiful 45-foot waterfall located on… you guessed it– the Linville River. There are a multitude of trails in and around the gorge, each providing different views of the waterfall, river, and surrounding mountains, I chose to hike down into the gorge and get a more up close and personal view of the falls. After spending thirty minutes running around below the falls cleaning natural debris and litter (ugh!!!) from the site, I had a little while to shoot before the sun retreated for the evening. Here’s a quickly laptop-processed shot from this past evening.

West Virginia

Spring Sunrise at Bear Rocks, Dolly Sods, West Virginia, USA

05.21.10 | Permalink | Post a Comment

Hey everybody,

I’m out in Davis, West Virginia with Joe Rossbach assisting on his waterfalls workshop. We didn’t end up leaving Baltimore until about 10:30PM last night because Joe was doing a camera club presentation, and by the time we had camp set up it was 2:30AM. We only got about three hours of sleep, but we were rewarded with some really nice light at sunrise!

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Three new portfolios up on alexmody.com!

04.04.10 | Permalink | 1 Comment

I just want to share with you all that I’ve just posted three new image galleries on my website.

Below is a photograph from July 2008 of Silvery Lupine blooming in front of an Aspen stand. It’s one of the 54 new photographs up on my site!

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New article titled “Photographing Great Falls National Park” up on NatureScapes.net now!

03.26.10 | Permalink | Post a Comment

A new article I just wrote about photographing Great Falls National Park is now online at NatureScapes.net. Feel free to read the article here, and be sure to check out all of the other informative articles featured on the site!

Virginia

Falling Spring Falls in Fog, George Washington National Forest, Virginia, USA

03.24.10 | Permalink | 16 Comments

Here’s yet another from the archives. Last May, I spent a few days photographing streams and waterfalls in the George Washington National Forest of Virginia. It was quite a rewarding trip, and I really enjoyed photographing Falling Spring Falls in these conditions. These falls were a favorite of Thomas Jefferson’s, and upon arriving I quickly saw why.

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Photographing Great Falls National Park, Virginia

03.24.10 | Permalink | 2 Comments

Just ten miles from Washington, D.C., Great Falls National Park is an often overlooked gem of our National Parks system. Here the mighty Potomac River, which acts as a watershed basin for a 11,000+ square mile area encompassing sections of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, drops 77 feet in just a half-mile, separating Maryland and Virginia in quite a fierce manner. The great volume of water is funneled into the 60-100 foot wide Mather Gorge, thus creating the fast-flowing, intense, and incredibly photogenic section of rapids we now call the Great Falls of the Potomac. The gorge has been cut through layers of sharp metamorphic rock formations, providing many beautiful scenes with rushing water and jagged rock shapes for your eyes, camera, and lens to feast upon. This makes Great Falls easily my favorite place to photograph in the immediate Mid-Atlantic area, although it doesn’t hurt that I live a mere fifteen minutes away from the park’s Virginia entrance.

No season is the wrong season to be at Great Falls, though I typically like to avoid it after massive snowmelt, or in the middle of spring when the water is up at it’s highest. High water usually means the river is quite muddy, and that most of my favorite rapids are obscured by the high flow. With late spring and summer usually come the fearless Great Blue Herons and their fishing antics, beautifully foggy mornings, and preferable water levels. In autumn, the fog and water levels are likely to remain, and there is excellent fall foliage throughout the park. In winter, it is possible to get lucky with a snowstorm, or find fantastic ice formations to photograph if we’re experiencing a cold snap.

Great images can be made on either side of the park, but I tend to prefer photographing the Virginia side at sunrise and the Maryland side at sunset, due to having slightly different angles of view.

There are three main overlooks on the Virginia side. While one could conceivably make very nice photographs at these locations, I’ve found that all of my best shots have been from when I bushwhack down to the river and search for compositions upstream of the main falls and overlooks. I can only wholeheartedly recommend this to adventurous photographers in reasonable physical condition, because the rocks are steep, and extremely slippery when wet. There’s a very astute sign in the Men’s room at the visitor’s center that reminds me to stay careful when I’m down there. It states, “IF YOU FALL IN, YOU WILL DIE” and highlights that on average, seven people drown per year in the park. The well marked and easy to get to area called “Fisherman’s Eddy” is also a wonderful place to photograph on the Virginia side. I usually head there with my super-telephoto lens after sunrise or in the late afternoon to try and photograph the Great Blue Herons present from May to July. In addition to being a fantastic spot for the Great Blue Herons, if the weather is nice in the afternoon you will likely be able to photograph kayakers dropping the main falls and braving the Class V+ rapids.

Things are slightly different on the Maryland side, with even more walking and much more scrambling in rocky areas involved with getting to the most photogenic spots. The six-mile long aptly named “Billy Goat Trail” runs along the Maryland side of the Potomac. It takes some scouting out in advance, but there are plenty of nice views of the Potomac and Mather Gorge from along the trail that can be photographed at both sunrise and sunset. Be careful when visiting on a weekend, though, as this is perhaps the most popular hike in the D.C. area. Also on the Maryland side is the Overlook Trail. If you’re sure footed and in good shape, you can scramble down to the river from the overlook to find a plethora of compositions that I prefer to shoot at sunset.

The natural beauty present at Great Falls is easily unparalleled in the area. If you find yourself around Washington, D.C., or if you’re looking for a location to photograph in the Mid-Atlantic, I highly recommend visiting Great Falls National Park.



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