Category Archives: Landscapes

Fall Hiking and Biking

As I try to do once a year during the Fall, I took a day off of work on Friday to get out into the woods with a backpack full of camera gear and a bike.  There was an overlook that I haven’t been to yet outside of Ohiopyle State Park so I started my day off at that trailhead a bit before sunrise.  2.5 miles uphill later, I arrived at a beautiful scenic overlook, albeit a bit clouded over.  Next I hopped on my bike for a 10 mile ride from the town of Confluence to the Pinkerton tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail.  Then I just wandered around Ohiopyle proper a bit.  The last pictures are some detail shots of making fresh apple cider with the family.

An Early Morning Under the Bridge

Once again it’s late August and my wife and I visit the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV for her to attend a work conference.  I tag along and during the day, while she is busy attending meetings, I venture out to the surrounding area with a camera.  Previous years, I’ve been to the Falls of Hills Creek and Sandstone Falls.  This time I drive a bit further out to see the New River Gorge Bridge and drive the single lane road underneath it.

I arrived just after dawn and roamed around for a few hours waiting for the light and happily stomping around the river.  Once I got the shots I wanted, I headed up to the trailhead parking lot for Long Point.  This trail is almost 2 miles and heads to a beautiful rocky overlook of the bridge and surrounding area.

Other times during our stay, with my wife in the conference, I wandered around the grounds of the resort and happily snapped away at the historic structures.  The kit I brought with me consisted of the X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm, 23mm f/2,  XF 18-55mm and XF 55-200mm along with a tripod and other small accessories.  For walking around the grounds, I carried only the primes to keep weight down and force me into certain perspectives.  Once again, the Fuji setup was a pleasure to use and produced some great images.

First Attempt at Shooting the Stars

As the title suggests, I have never tried to seriously shoot any sort of Astro-photography before.  Most times I’m outside at the time of night required, the skies were cloudy or the conditions weren’t right.  While my family and I were camping this past weekend though, as we sat by the campfire and looked up, we saw nothing but stars.  Once the girls went to bed, I ventured down to the lake near the campground we were staying at and brought a tripod and my remote shutter cord.

Down by the lake, at Laurel Hill State Park in Pennsylvania, there was almost no man-made light to be found nearby.  The skies were clear and the stars were out in all their glory.

I had a bit of a learning curve, such as thinking I need a long exposure of a minute or more.  What I forgot however, was that the Earth is spinning around 1,000mph and that ruins any long exposure shot of the sky.  So I brought the shutter speed down to around 15-20 seconds by raising the ISO and opening the aperture.  While I’m happy with what I got, I know there is much room for improvement.  Next time I’ll be a bit more prepared.