No! not like “Seeing Things” which don’t exist, but to see things that do exist… differently. Lets see if I can explain this clearly. When you are shooting landscape and nature and the light is beautiful you tend to miss out on finer aspects while creating the image. I usually, like most photographers do some scouting before the magic hour to find a nice spot and set up my gear and wait for the right light. But sitting around doing nothing would waste a lot of time. I use that time to observe things around me, sometimes you can get a good abstract out of finer details.
The shot above I created while waiting at Island beach SP. I liked the pattern on the sand. I put a ND filter on the lens and with a simple lens zoom trick I created the shot. Its simple and good use of time and works as an abstract.
The above two shots of the frozen surface of the lake created in Harriman SP in NY. I was driving up to Bear mountain and on the way I stopped on a few spots and noticed these.. thought would make a nice abstract.
This one was at Sandy Hook Beach, yet again waiting for the sunset. The tide was coming in and these small rocks were interrupting the smooth flow of the waves.
This shot I created in Ocean Grove. The low tide was creating these interesting lines moving back and forth. Probably had something to do with the texture of the beach sand. I also used these patters as leading lines in one of the Pier shot.
I love to shoot during sunset and sunrise because the light is at its best. With the right amount of clouds in the sky, the landscape can look amazing. I have been wanting to shoot in dense Fog for a long time, I just figure it will add a lot of drama to the scape.
I was at Lake Pleasant last Sunday morning in Adirondacks, NY. We were driving to Whiteface Mt. when we discovered Lake Pleasant en-route, so we decided to come back the next morning. My friend and I woke up early and reached the spot by 5:45 in the morning. To our surprise there was a lot of fog and there was still time for sunrise. There were no clouds and the stars were still shining bright.
Need I say more? Ansel Adams has said it best. Even for me when I think of a national park in the US the first name that comes to mind is Yosemite National Park. It is supposed to be one of the first parks in the US with about 1200 sq miles of area. I lived in Bay area California for about 2.5 years and in that duration I planned a trip to this place at least 3 times if not more. Somehow each time the plan did not work out. Finally in Dec last year I flew back to California from Florida during the X’mas vacation and that’s when a friend and I finally figured out a plan and made a day trip to Yosemite.
I have to say the landscape was breath taking. Winters had set in, everything was covered in snow, and the bright sunshine made it all worth the trip. The Half dome looked so beautiful and the mirror lake stood true to its name with crystal clear reflection of the landscape around. I did manage to get some “good shots” ( I have a lots to learn hence the quotes) .. Few of the photographs are posted along for your viewing. I definitely make few more trips specially during Spring and once during Fall, and I just can’t wait for that to happen🙂 .
I’ve been driving for the last two Saturdays on the back roads and byways of New Jersey and New York. Started from Long pond Ironworks State Park in the town of Hewitt, NJ for which I took 287 N from Edison then took exit 55, to get on to Country Road 511 and then on to West Brook Road all the way to the State Park. I did not enter the state park tho, weather was lovely and it was pretty cold so Instead I opened the sunroof of my car, switched off the AC and switched on the iPod🙂. It was a beautiful two lane narrow road along the Wanaque Reservoir with the dried up foliage and falling leaves on the other side. I could not take much photographs there because the entire lake was fenced and there was no way to enter. So from there I decided to head towards the 7 Lakes Drive. To get there I got on to Greenwood Lake Turnpike and took a beautiful road leading to Lake Sebago. From there drove all the way to Lake Tiorati and then carried on to Silver Mine Lake. From the circle then I took the historic US 6 west and joined on to 293 and all the way round Via Bear Mt ( US 9) to get on to Garden State Parkway and Back.
It was a beautiful drive and made me realize how fortunate I am to see so many beautiful places and there is a whole planet to explore. This is just the beginning and I intend to explore much more. Below are some photographs from the drive ..