Path

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @85mm, 1/125 sec., f/8.8, ISO 200

Sometimes it pays to go back and look at your photographs again. This is another photograph from my recent hike at the local watershed. When I took the photograph I was drawn to the bright yellow leaves and the contrast from the dark path to the bright opening. At first, I was not pleased with what I had gotten, but after looking at it a second time and making some adjustments I had second thoughts.

Local Watershed

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @95mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.3, ISO 200

Got a chance to take a hike in one of our local watersheds this past week. I took our new dog with me to see how well he would behave and if I could actually take pictures with him along. He behaved well and looks like I have a new hiking partner. Too bad I couldn’t find much to photograph though. I did like this scene though. The group of trees in the center and the last remnants of fall clinging to the trees.

Park Scene

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @100mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.6, ISO 250

Taken at a local park where I live. Initially I just passed on this photograph, but after looking at it some more I decided to see what I could do with it. So after some minor adjustments (exposure, crop, deletions), I came up with this. I like that the front of the photograph is in focus and that the rear is out of focus. I think the center plant moves you through the seen and the lack of focus in the back creates depth and curiosity about where the path leads. But I do find the tangle of branches in the lower right and the branches and leaves in the top right to be distractions.

Sandy

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @90mm, 1/800 sec., f/7.1, ISO 400

So, started to review the photographs that I took while on vacation. I thought this one looked good, may have some others. It was taken at Jockey’s Ridge in NC on the Outer Banks. The original was in landscape format, but I cropped it to a 5×7 to focus on the center grass and show the different layers. While the dried plant was the subject, the dry sand pattern in front and the grass and sand behind it draw you though the photograph.

Balloon Ride

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @100.0mm, 1/100 sec., f/20, ISO 200

In 2016 we took a balloon ride near where we live. One of the cool things was that there was another balloon flying with us. While going through old photographs looking for something to post I came upon this one. I cropped it into a 1×1 format and made some adjustments to the photograph and came up with this. The picture was taken around 8:30 am on 15 October. You can see the fog and the some of the fall colors.

Marsh Grass

Nikon D7500, 18.0-140.0mm @18.0mm, 1/320 sec., f/11.0, ISO 200

Another photograph from Assateague Island National Seashore, this is on the marsh side. I was interested in capturing the yellow-orange of the marsh grass and the patterns formed by the grass and water. May have pushed the saturation a bit too far.

Beech Mountain

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @34.0mm, 1/160 sec., f/8.0, ISO 200

Back again to Maine and 2017. This was taken while my family and I were hiking the Beech Mountain Loop Trail. I pretty sure this is Long Pond.
Last month I was reviewing pictures for a contest and this was on of the ones I selected to enter. Nice thing about the contest was that in made me go back and look at some older photographs, since one of the rules was that they needed to be taken before 3/1/2020. I picked this because I like the sharp blues and greens. I also like the way the trees framed Long Pond.