Tag Archives: Fall Color

An Explosion of Color

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The shot above is a shot from above so to speak. A few weeks ago Denise and I spent a week in the Finger Lakes area of New York. The color was quite nice in a couple of areas and in many others areas the trees were early in the process of turning colors.

The image was taken from a Phantom 3 quadcopter. I have noticed that other photographers either love the idea of these photography platforms or hate them. I totally understand the love portion of this equation. But the hate portion I don’t understand. Like all things in life there will always be people who are reckless or careless. I can only speak for myself, but I always check for flight restrictions before flying and always try to fly in a safe and responsible manner.

To me, aerial photography is another venue to express and exercise creativity. I look forward to seeing where this technology will go next!

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Smokies Wrap-up

_DTR0039A couple of weeks ago we wrapped up our Fall Foliage Tour in the Smokies. Temperatures were great during the day and cool evenings produced some fantastic fog. Overall fall color was a little late this year, but we were able to get peak color on the last days of our tour. This made for happy photographers!
Next year Denise and I will be doing our fall color tour in the Finger Lakes region of New York and we are super excited to share this new destination with our clients.

Speaking of next year, to celebrate the Nature Visions Expo were are offering a discount on our 2016 tours until the end of the month. Come visit us at Nature Visions or sign up on our website.

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West Virginia Wrap Up

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A couple weeks ago we finished our West Virginia Fall Color Tour. This makes the 3rd year in a row we have had the pleasure of sharing one of our favorite fall color locations with our clients! As usual West Virginia did not disappoint. This year the mid-Atlantic was being blasted by heavy rains and some of our clients were questioning if we should cancel. Our research suggested that West Virginia would be on the outer limits of this storm and we felt this could possibly make for some great photography. As a practice we try not to shy away from bad weather. While the safety of our clients is always upmost in our mind, we also want them to go home with epic images!

This fall we were treated to beautiful color, nicely flowing waterfalls, great clouds, and even a nice rainbow over Blackwater Canyon.

We are skipping fall color in West Virginia next year in favor of Fall Color in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. But our Meetup is planning on doing what is fast becoming our annual camping and star party trip to Spruce Knob and hopefully we will find time to perhaps put a waterfall weekend on the calendar next spring. If you want to keep up with all things Road Runner, please join our Meetup or our Mailing List( on the right side of this page).

Quality vs. Quantity

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I’m going to start with a question. What is more important, quality of work or quantity of work? What I mean by this is what if you took a week long trip and only got one portfolio quality image? Would the trip be a failure or a success? The answer to this question of course depends of your point of view.

Sitting on this side of the computer I have a front row seat to the internet just like you. Now you can look at websites like 500px and generally you will see examples of stunning work from a variety of photographers. Or if you go over to Flickr you might see someone post dozens or even hundreds of pictures from a particular trip or event. There is no right answer to this question, its like many things in life, a matter of opinion.

As I finish my 2nd decade as a photographer, with a 20 year break between decades, I find that I value quality. In my mind this is the only possible choice. When you go to a gallery or art show you see a few pieces from a particular artist at best. Artists have always been forced to be selective when it comes to showing their work. But with the advent of the internet and nearly unlimited online storage, it takes us back to the days of sitting in front of a slide projector as your neighbor shows you 200 shots from their vacation. Did you fall asleep before the show was over? You have to be older than 40 to appreciate the comparison.

It’s not my intent to be critical of others in this space but let’s think a minute. If you post 100 pictures from a particular place or event, how many people will loose interest before looking at all of your images? Or how many will judge your ability as a photographer not by your best image, but by your worst? The fact is we all take lousy images. I could show you thousands, but then you would not be inclined to return to my blog. I think it helps if you can develop the ability to be your toughest critic. That does not mean that you should not show your images and have pride in your work. You should! I think the art of photography is a journey and not a destination. Personally I hope to be a better photographer as time progresses. Part of that process is being critical of my work and introperspective on how I can strive to improve.

In regard to the blog image above.  It was the only worthy image from a full a day of shooting motion abstracts.   The rest were just not that good.  But my happiness with the one image far overpowers any possible disappointment with the hundreds I had taken that day that no one else will ever see.

Post Processing Fall Images!

Fall is an amazing time of year, as the air cools and colors appear. However, it can also be a challenging time of year for photography, as often the cooler temperatures at night create fog in the earning morning hours. Although beautiful, fog can leave your images looking flat and lifeless. In our newest video tutorial, you learn how to add color and pop back into a foggy morning fall image. You will see this image:  _XT10831 become this image: _XT10831-Edit-2

in just a matter of minutes. You will also learn dodge and burn techniques that will easily become part of your image processing arsenal!

To watch this tutorial, please click here.  While on our YouTube Channel, please subscribe, as we are always adding new videos tutorials!

West Virginia Wrap Up

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A couple of weeks ago we wrapped up a fantastic 3 day photo tour of West Virginia.  West Virginia is a wonderful location that is an easy destination from the Mid-Atlantic area, usually a few hours travel by car.  The Canaan Valley area is always the first spot to turn color and it’s a great way to kick off your fall color photography.   We had a great group of people and photographic conditions were quite nice.  One surprise for me was the number of people at Bear Rocks even on the weekday mornings.  It seems each year this spot grows in popularity.   Luckily I know the area well and was able to take the group to several other places that are not as well-known and as a result I think allowed for a more relaxed time with nature.

 Click here for a few additional images from West Virginia!

 

Our next tour is Cape May, NJ on November 1-3, spots are still available and it’s not too late to register.   Early November is a wonderful time to visit the beach, the crowds have gone home and conditions are still nice.