On a recent weekend, I traveled to Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia for some early morning photos. It was the foggiest morning I had ever seen, like a giant blanket covering the entire battlefield. Which was fine, since I had been wanting to shoot in the fog for the longest time. My goal was to isolate some of the more interesting trees with nothing visible in the background. Goal accomplished.
Here's another shot of the pier at Virginia Beach. One thing I always try to remember when I'm out shooting is to move around...try this side of the pier, try that side, try under the pier. At this point, I liked how the sun and the posts created these ling shadows that came out of the water and onto the sand.
A couple of hours drive south of Chincoteague is the resort city of Virginia Beach. Staying overnight at a hotel on the beach, I was excited to get up the next morning to photograph the sunrise. But sunrises on the East coast are so hit-or-miss. You might get some nice clouds or you might not. In this case, I didn't get the majestic clouds I hoped for, but I planned my shot out ahead of time to get the sun right as it lined up with the end of the pier. I also chose a shutter speed that wouldn't smooth out the waves too much, so that I could get a nice texture in the water.
Location: Chincoteague, VA
Here's a sunrise image taken at Chincoteage National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Virginia. It's a great place to visit year-round, with a large variety of birds, wild horses, and fauna. Interestingly, the wildlife refuge is located on the southern part of Assateague Island, with the northern part in Maryland and the southern part in Virginia.
Since our Virginia Christmas turned out to be very rainy, foggy and extremely warm for December, I'm posting this foggy morning scene on the Occoquan River near the Bull Run Marina. It's a favorite spot of local hikers and one of my favorite spots to photograph, especially mornings like this.
Stepping away from infrared for a bit... Here's one of my favorite local places to visit, Leesylvania State Park on the Potomac River. It's one of those places you can visit 10 days in a row, and each day, your photos will look completely different. It could be the clouds in the sky or the color of the sunrise. It could be the number of fisherman on the pier or fog on the river. You just never know, which makes it an interesting place to photograph.
Here's another infrared from Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Virginia. It's another from the infrared series where I decided to keep the blues, purples and pinks, instead of desaturating or going to complete black & white.