Looking back on my trip to Blackwater Falls State Park, I wish I had spent more time taking photos of the amazing patterns in the rocks hanging over the Blackwater River. I easily could have spent hours here, shooting the patterns that evolved with the changing light of the day.
I was discussing fine art images with one of my photographer friends recently, and it got me thinking about photos I've taken in the past that were just kind of spur-of-the-moment, not-even-thinking-about-it abstracts. These were images I shot because something in the viewfinder looked interesting in an abstract way. I finally took a little time this weekend to find some of these shots and process them. This one is from a rock formation near Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. I was immediately attracted to the waves and lines of the different rock layers.
Lately, the iPhone has been getting a lot more use in my landscape photography.. I don't use many photo filter apps, but there's one I recently tried that's really fun to use. It's the Prisma app, which makes photos look like painted works of art by the likes of Van Gogh or Picasso. There's a lot of different options and it's fun to see how the photos look in the different styles.
This image is from an iPhone photo of a stop along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. The original wasn't really a keeper, because of the light and uninteresting background, but I thought it might deserve a try in Prisma, and I think it turned out pretty cool.
Ireland has some of the most amazing views I've ever seen. At various points along the Ring of Kerry in the south-western part of the country, the views are vast, and depending on the weather, the colors are bright and vibrant. For an otherwise flat image of the blue water and bright, partly-cloudy sky, I decided to go with an abstract look with motion blur. The sense of motion gives me the feeling I had when we were driving along the 180km loop, enjoying the incredible views.