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The Tree in the Fog

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.

Virginia Beach Pier at Sunrise

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.

The Trees at Chincoteague

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. 

The Pier at Leesylvania State Park

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.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Infrared

Infrared is such a fun photographic technique, let's continue it another week. Here's an image of the pond at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Virginia. Much of the time with infrared, I lower the saturation to almost nothing, or go straight to black and white. For this series, I decided to leave in the blues, purples and pinks once I did the color swap in Photoshop.

Hemlock Overlook Trail in Infrared

Sticking with infrared for another week, here's an image of one of the hiking trails at Hemlock Overlook in Virginia. On previous trips, I tried a much wider view to get more of the leaning trees to the left and right of the trail, but learned that the S shape of the curve was more interesting and made the image much less cluttered.