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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 20:21

The Hills Are Alive

On the night of July 1, there was a promising weather forecast that included the possibility of fog the following morning, so Bonnie and I rose very early in order to be at the Pounding Mill Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sunrise. It seemed there was fog below every ridge in sight except Pounding Mill, so we switched to Plan "B" and drove further south and west ultimately landing near The Devil's Courthouse in time to catch the growing light in the fog shrouded valleys below Fetterbush. One of the most wonderful feelings in the world is to stand on top of a mountain on a still, calm morning watching the fog in the valleys and coves roll like a slowly moving ocean of condensed vapor. A focal length of 230mm gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field given the camera-to-subject distance; and a shutter speed of 1/10th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. Somewhere near, there must be a Von Trapp family member singing. 

Saturday, 01 July 2017 08:41

Fun with Gears and Triangles

Photographic fun is wherever you find it, and the graffiti of the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina is about as much fun as anyone could wish. Creativity seems to float on the breezes. Recently I found, on an old commercial building in the district, a window that had been boarded up and plastered over. Not content with mere closure, the creator had added a wonderfully graphic and geometric design of cogged circles and triangles to change the plain space into art. Just plain fun.  A focal length of 170mm from about 20' allowed me to isolate just the decorared wall. An aperture of f/11 provided depth-of-field, and since I was perpendicular to the wall it allowed edge-to-edge sharpness as well; and with a shutter speed of 1/15th second at ISO 100, I had a slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Color and geometry alway make for something interesting to a camera.

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