A Different View of the Ring of Kerry

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.

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.

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.