On a Whim

We had a pretty thick fog come through Atlanta this morning and it stuck around for quite a while. After sitting at the computer for a little bit trying to do some work, I just felt like I needed to go shoot for a little bit. So my wife and I got ready in about 10m and hopped in the car to an unknown destination.

Lesson #1: Always have your cameras ready, your batteries charged, and your memory cards formatted and clean. 

We made it about 50 yards and pulled into a park across the street from where we live that we haven't spent much time at. I knew there was a lake though and thought the fog might make for some prettiness. Here's a couple shots that are the result of going with my gut on a whim.  

Lesson #2: Listen to your gut sometimes. 

The New River Gorge, West Virginia

My wife and I decided to make a little pit stop last weekend in West Virginia on our way home from visiting our relatives in Ohio for the holidays. We didn't really need to be back in Atlanta the next day, so we decided to stay the night at a cheap hotel and go check out the amazing New River Gorge Bridge. I'd been there once before about 10 years ago and remembered it being one of my favorite places I'd visited. 

Once we saw the bridge and started crossing it, all the memories flooded back. I knew we'd made the right decision. 

This was the first view we got of bridge after we parked. It seemed to go on and on and the rolling fog at times made it just disappear. It was so beautiful I decided to shoot a little time lapse (which I have yet to have time to put together. no worries, it's on the agenda for next week.) I took this shot with the fujifilm xt1 and the 10-24mm. 

This was the first view we got of bridge after we parked. It seemed to go on and on and the rolling fog at times made it just disappear. It was so beautiful I decided to shoot a little time lapse (which I have yet to have time to put together. no worries, it's on the agenda for next week.) I took this shot with the fujifilm xt1 and the 10-24mm. 

Once I shot about 10 seconds worth of time lapse material (250 shots) we made our way down to another path that opened up to this beautiful view. As you can see, the fog was coming in pretty thick about this time. So we set up shop for a while and soaked in this moment (literally, because it started raining). After the blanket of fog had come and gone, we got in our car to head down to the bottom of the gorge. There are lots of places to stop along the way with different angles/views of the bridge, but most of them were covered by trees. Below are a few shots we took on the way down. 

There is nothing like a thick layer of fog to add a nice mood to photos. 

We could have stayed at the bottom of the gorge for hours. The rolling fog created new scenes every minute. I set up on the smaller bridge and shot another time lapse of the larger bridge. Then we walked around for a while shooting all angles. Our last stop before we left was a little pull-off with a few beautiful waterfalls. Overall, this "pit-stop" has now become a favorite spot. We'll be returning for a weekend once we get some color again. Hope you enjoyed following our little adventure! 

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Jackson Street meets Karl the Fog

I love when collecting new scenes from the Jackson Street Bridge. It's Atlanta's most well known skyline view and at any given time you may find 1-10 people taking pictures there. Here's one frame what hopes to be a pretty amazing timelaspe. I'll upload it once it's finished. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

Geminid Meteor Shower

Last night at 10p my wife and I braved the cold to go try to capture some meteors flying through space. Unfortunately, in Atlanta you have to drive at least an hour away to find an area with less light pollution be able to REALLY capture the night sky. We tried going to a new place last night about an hour outside the city that, according to a dark sky finder website, was in a dark enough area, but when we showed up there was still a lot of light from some nearby towns. Oh well. When this happens, I usually just decide to set up the camera anyway and see what happens. And while I didn't end up getting the shots I was hoping for in my head, I think I came back with a couple pretty cool images. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to let me know if you have any questions. 

This is the spot that we pulled off. I loved the curve of the road and the perspective the trees gave, so I used this shot as my exposure test. 

You can see the light pollution from a nearby city behind the trees. Unfortunately, this makes long exposures (very important for night photography) almost impossible. Caught a couple small meteors though. 

Probably my favorite from the night. I love the warm glow from the street light in contrast with the cool sky.