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Playing Catch Up

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The last several weeks have been a whirlwind and I have just now found time to update the blog. Our last post was about our annual star party at Spruce Knob. We followed that up with a Labor Day Weekend tour again in West Virginia. A number of our clients were concerned because heading into that weekend Hurricane Hermine was making her way up the east coast and rain was predicted. We were optimistic that everything would be fine and we were treated to really nice conditions throughout the weekend.

The image above was shot at Seneca Rocks at noon. I used an infrared converted Nikon D200 and then to get the motion of the clouds, I used a Singh-Ray 15 stop neutral density filter. This allowed me to expose for 5 minutes under the bright mid-day sun. We recommend Life Pixel for camera conversions. Click this link for more information on LifePixel.

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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).

A Fleeting Moment

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Last Friday Denise and I arrived in Davis, WV just in time to be greeted by significant rain. I was making Denise drive so I could work on my motion abstracts when suddenly the sun pops out before it stopped raining. Without missing a beat Denise proclaims there must be a rainbow somewhere. I started looking around and sure enough there was one behind us over the Canaan Valley Wildlife Management area. We quickly turned in, jumped out, and started shooting.
From the time the sun popped out to the time the rainbow disappeared was about 5 minutes. These moments are fleeting and knowing our gear allowed us to jump out and start shooting. If you have to fumble with your gear you just might miss some opportunities.

The Road Not Taken

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost

 

And I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference… This one line sums up how I have always looked at life. Explore where others may not have wandered. When I set out to travel, I don’t think to myself… where does everyone else go or how does everyone else do it. Instead I try to forge my own path and head in a direction that might not seem as likely.

This doesn’t mean I don’t travel to well-known destinations, because I do. But it does mean that I try to see that destination differently. Maybe I stay in a small pensione or albergo and not the well-worn hotel chain. Maybe I eat where I see locals and not the restaurant recommended by the concierge. It also doesn’t mean I travel alone. In fact, I rarely travel alone. I prefer traveling with friends, creating shared memories and experiences. Simply, I like to go to places and then experience aspects of that place that are not as well-worn by others.

This past weekend, two friends and myself headed off in search of something to photograph. We could have stayed local, gone to DC or Arlington or…. But instead we headed west. We had a general idea of where we would end up, but we took a circuitous route through the countryside of West Virginia. The rule in our car… just say stop and the driver needs to do his or her best to accommodate. This is likely to include driving until it is safe to turn around and heading back to the location. Also, we never question the stop request. Just because we may not have seen what the requestor sees does not mean the requestor did not see it. However, if you say, “that is cool” or “wow what great light” or similar, the car keeps moving. You must say stop.

Here are a few “Stop” images from that trip. Random lonely barns, abandoned cars, bored bovine… scenes of life in the country. As much as I love the big cities with their monuments to progress, I have often taken the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference.

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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.