Wait Your Turn

9 12 2010

While visiting Maui in May, my wife and I spent a day driving the Road to Hana. It’s a great drive, unless you get nauseous. For a while, I thought that she would just say she didn’t feel well when we were out taking photos (read “while I was out taking photos and she was along for the ride”) and was tired of stop and go driving. After a few trips out sight-seeing, we learned that she doesn’t do well on windy roads. But enough of the side story; car-sickness or not, driving to Hana along the north coast of Maui is an unforgettable ride. There are great views of the ocean, cliffs, beaches, and a few small towns along way. We enjoyed the adventure of exploring Maui.

During our day out, we stopped at Waianapanapa State Park to check out the black sand beach and the surrounding lava shelves. While there, we walked through a beach cave that led to the ocean. As we walked through the cave, I took my camera out to take some photos. When we got to the end, we came across a boy that was looking at the water. You couldn’t continue through the ocean side without getting pounded by the waves. In my mind, I wanted a photo of the cave and ocean; I had no real inspiration to have a person in the photo. But as I patiently waited for my “turn” at the front of the cave, I decided to snap a shot or two using him as a subject. The resulting photo is posted below. Taking a few moments to wait and get the photo I wanted actually provided the opportunity to take what turned out to be a significantly stronger photograph (at least in my opinion).

When we turned around to leave the cave, we found about 25 people in one of the larger areas. As we approached the exit, we found that it started to rain fairly hard and people came to the cave for cover. We decided to make a run for the car and wait out the short shower there.

Additional photos from Maui and Waianapanapa State Park can be seen in my gallery named Maui: The Valley Isle – 2010.

Watching the Water

A boy watching the ocean through a beach cave at Wai'anapanapa State Park in Maui (Hawaii).





Gallery Additions – National Cathedral

8 12 2010

I took advantage of a day off today and spent a little bit of time exploring the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The photos were added to my gallery that has photos of the National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (also in Washington, DC). The new photos make up the majority of “page 2” in the gallery. My photos from today focused on the stained glass windows in the cathedral and a few HDR shots of the building. A few examples are available below. Clicking on them will take you to the full gallery.

An HDR image of St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel in the National Cathedral.

A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a quote.

An HDR view of the interior of the National Cathedral.

An abstract view of a stained glass window.

 





4th of July – Sandy Point State Park

6 07 2010

A sunrise trip to Sandy Point State park didn’t allow for true sunrise photos, but was not a lost cause. The park did not open until about 3 minutes after sunrise and a long line of visitors looking to get 4th of July celebrations set up were ahead of me. The early morning provided strong light and comfortable temperatures. Check out a couple summer Maryland landscapes!

Chesapeake Bay Bridge from the Sandy Point Beach.

Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse in the early morning light.

A fisherman's setup at the Bay Bridge.





Autumn in DC

27 10 2009

I was able to get out this weekend and take some pictures around the Washington, DC area. I ended up visiting Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Fairfax County after spending some time at Great Falls National Park. My trip to the preserve resulted in one solid image.

Waterfall at Scott's Run

The waterfall at the nature preserve is less than a mile walk from the parking area off of Georgetown Pike. The first 2/3 of the walk is easy, but the end you go up and over a fairly steep hill that is covered in stone and not the easiest surface to walk on. I was lucky to come to the preserve on a nice sunday day and when the trees were in full autumn color.

Some other autumn shots can be found here.





How abstract is too abstract?

22 10 2009

I was tooling around with my camera a while back and created a shot that I find interesting.

Abstract

I’m developing an interest in abstract shots.  Sometimes it’s a known subject from an abstract angle.  Others it’s random items from a strange perspective. And sometimes it’s an unidentifiable item from a ridiculous perspective.

Can you tell what it is?





12 Significant Photos: #5 – Motif #1

17 10 2009

Rockport, MA is a small town on the Atlantic coast. The town is a popular tourist attraction and has a fishing theme. One of the icons in the town is a popular fishing shack (restored) that is called Motif #1. This shack has been the subject of many artists’ work. During my visit to Rockport, I was able to take a handful of shots of this area. The shot below is one of my favorites and in my opinion works very well in black and white.

Motif #1 is a famous fishing cabin in Rockport, MA.

Motif #1 is a popular fishing cabin in Rockport, MA.





12 Significant Photographs: #6

2 04 2009

This photograph is one that I really enjoy. I already blogged about it a little a while back.

The sun glares off of the windows at Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

The sun glares off of the windows at Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine.

I was far from the only photographer at the lighthouse on the morning I visited. I arrived just as the sun came up and captured some great shots with warmer colors. This one stands out for me though because of the strong morning sun reflecting off of the glass of the light tower. I also like the depth of the image helped by the 2nd lighthouse in the distance.

Additional photos from this trip can be seen here.