Glory

Glory

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This sunrise at Oconaluftee Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful I have ever witnessed, though it certainly didn't start out that way.

I was travelling with a group of photographers, and, when we arrived at this overlook, the sky seemed quite densely 'fogged in'. It didn't appear likely that we would be able to make any interesting photographs from the location, but it was too late to move on and so we decided to 'stick it out' with hopes that perhaps the fog would at least partially lift as the sun came up.

What developed was unexpected and exhilarating. Over the next few minutes, the little sliver of clearing continued to open and we were treated to a truly moving experience. The cloud cover was such that there were a number of "God Rays" that emerged and, one by one, they swept and danced rhythmically along one side of the mountain, down into the valley, and back up the other side in a spectacle that was akin to a laser light show, only better!

 

 

The Virgin River

The Virgin River

Zion National Park

The Virgin River runs through Zion National Park. Here it is surrounded by red rock and Cottonwood trees that have already started to turn yellow in the fall.

 

Zion

Zion

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a place of incomparable beauty that must be seen to be believed. This photograph seemed to encompass many of the classic features of Zion in one image, including the fall Cottonwood trees, the red rock, and the Virgin River. I was particularly intrigued by the diagonal lines in this composition.

Blue Hen Falls

Blue Hen Falls

Cuyahoga National Park

Cuyahoga is the closest national park to my home in Western Pennsylvania and the only national park in Ohio. It also happens to be the smallest and most urban of the national parks, but this does not diminish its beauty. 

This particular photo journey was a weekend trip and, as luck would have it, the weather was terrible. However, on the last day of the trip, the rain stopped for a few hours and the sky remained overcast, creating perfect conditions for waterfall photography. In this situation, the cloud cover of the overcast sky reduces the contrast on the water and the rain saturates the fall colors. Blue Hen Falls, while not nearly the tallest falls in the park, is, in my opinion, the most beautiful.

 

Palouse Sunset

Palouse Sunset

Sunset in the Palouse, an agricultural region located in Eastern Idaho and Western Washington.

What a feeling it was to be out on the wide open plains with clouds like these and nothing but open sky as far as I could see. Sometimes the photograph is all about the sky!

Smoky Mountain Ridges

Smoky Mountain Ridges

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I am frequently asked about this photograph because most viewers sense that 'something has been done' to it. And they are right. I consider the images on these pages artwork and, as such, one is free to take certain liberties!

I had taken several different exposures of this scene, and when reviewing the sequence I found that I particularly liked one of the underexposed images.  The underexposure had turned the mountain ridges into simple graphic shapes.

So how did I end up with this final photograph?  I felt that the underexposed image could be simplified even further by converting it to black and white in order to remove any color that was not the pure tint I later added. Finally, I found the sky in the final photo to be a bit too bland and therefore blended two textures into the photograph, one for the sky and the other for the mountains.  The gentle application of the textures gave the images a more interesting three-dimensional and ‘grittier' feel.

 

 

Race Point Lighthouse

Race Point Lighthouse

Provincetown, Massachussetts

Race Point Lighthouse was first lit on November 5, 1816, and was one of the earliest lighthouses to have a revolving light. The light was converted over to full electrical power in 1957 and became fully automated in 1972.

As the sun went down and the sky turned a deep blue color, a friend and I were making photographs of the lighthouse from on top of a distant sand dune using telephoto lenses. We were concerned about being able to find our way back to the car from among the dunes as it became dark and so, though I was hoping for an image with the light on, we packed up to leave before darkness fell.

My friend had just descended the dune and I was about to start down as well when.....the light came on. Having just been 'shooting', I knew exactly the picture I wanted to make. It was too late for my buddy, but I was able to very quickly unpack, set up the camera and tripod, and make this photo with just enough time for us to get back to our car as the last light disappeared from the sky.

 

Swift River

Swift River

Swift River, New Hampshire

As one can see from this photograph, the Swift River in New Hampshire does not run particularly swiftly. But it is quite a beautiful place, particularly in autumn, when the trees show their fall colors. I was able to wade out to this large rock with all my equipment in order to make this photograph showing the vista facing downriver. 

 

 

Autumn Waterfall

Autumn Waterfall

Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire

A waterfall on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire is framed by yellow autumn leaves. It was this framing that attracted me to the scene. The wind was blowing quite a bit and, for me, the subtle motion of the leaves at the top of the photo really transmits that feeling.

Fall In New Hampshire

Fall In New Hampshire

New Hampshire

A cacophony of fall colors brightens the shoreline of the Swift River in New Hampshire.

Icy River

Icy River

McConnell's Mill State Park, Pennsylvania

This is the view looking out from the old grist mill in McConnell's Mill State Park. There was ice along the banks of Slippery Rock Creek, but the center of the water was not yet frozen and an unusual curved shape seemed cut out from its center. A short distance from here the water from Alpha Falls pours into the creek.

Smokies In Autumn

Smokies In Autumn

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Smokies are an amazing place to watch the trees turn color in the fall. This view encompassed both the trees and the foggy 'smoky' mountains in the distance.

Autumn In Ohiopyle

Autumn In Ohiopyle

Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania

Autumn colors in Western Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park. This water is just upstream from the whitewater of 'The Flumes'

Haceda Beach Sunset I

Haceda Beach Sunset I

Haceda Beach, Oregon

The sun sets behind sea stacks at Heceda Beach on the Oregon coast. On this particular evening, the wind was sweeping across the beach and one had to wait for moments of calm between gusts in order to make photographs.

Haceda Beach Sunset II

Haceda Beach Sunset II

Haceda Beach, Oregon

The sun sets behind sea stacks at Heceta Beach in Oregon. 

Land, Sea, and Sky

Land, Sea, and Sky

Haceda Beach, Oregon

This location represented to me the interplay and symbiotic relationship between land, ocean, sky, and life. In order to convey this idea in a photograph, I used a telephoto lens to isolate a small area of the scene that contained all the essential components and seemed to communicate that message.

This sea stack is the same one seen in the Haceda Beach Sunset photographs

Gerlach's Point

Gerlach's Point

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Where exactly is Gerlach's Point? I couldn't tell you, because I honestly don't know! Don't bother looking on a map either, because you won't find it. In reality, it is an unnamed location which I simply call Gerlach's Point because I was brought there by nature photographer John Gerlach. Getting there required a 30 minute hike through muddy hillsides and I could never find it again on my own, but it was well worth it for this view of Lake Superior.

I am frequently asked about the unusual color of the cliffs in this photo. This is caused by mineral deposits in the rocks and, when the sun is low in the sky, the cliff's yellow and deep red striations seem to glow. That is one of the reasons why this area has been named "Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore".

Yellow Morning

Yellow Morning

Pete's Lake, Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The interplay between the warm sunlight and dense fog during sunrise made the tones and color, particularly on the water, vary from minute to minute. To demonstrate just how quickly the light was changing, my photograph "Autumn Mist" was made only a few minutes later at the same location.  However, in that short period of time the deep yellow coloration of the light had passed. What remained was just as beautiful, only different.

This particular image was used on a greeting card published by Cardthartic.

 

Autumn Mist

Autumn Mist

Pete's Lake, Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Taken only a few minutes after "Yellow Morning", and from a position only a few yards away, the light had now become brighter and more neutral in color. Still, it was diffused and softened by the fog, which allowed it to beautifully highlight the surrounding fall colors.

Sunrise Over Bog

Sunrise Over Bog

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

This bog is the same one as in The Burning Bush photograph from the Intimate Landscape Portfolio. It is simply taken from a different vantage point and a bit later in the day.

528 Sunrise I

528 Sunrise I

Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

What does 528 have to do with anything? 528 is what a few friends and I have named a small boat ramp on Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania's Moraine State Park. In reality it is unnamed and tucked away with little signage marking where it is. But it is right off of Route 528......if you know where to turn.

On the vast majority of days the view from the shore is quite bland. But on some days magic just happens. It takes many, many trips to find those days. But if you are there for even just one, it all becomes worth it.

To save you the trips, I have put a few of those magical days on this site for you to enjoy! This particular image was taken from the same location as 528 Sunrise II, 528 Sunrise III, and 528 Sunrise IV. All that was necessary was to point the camera in a different direction.

528 Sunrise II

528 Sunrise II

Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

What does 528 have to do with anything? 528 is what a few friends and I have named a small boat ramp on Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania's Moraine State Park. In reality it is unnamed and tucked away with little signage marking where it is. But it is right off of Route 528......if you know where to turn.

On the vast majority of days the view from the shore is quite bland. But on some days magic just happens. It takes many, many trips to find those days. But if you are there for even just one, it all becomes worth it.

To save you the trips, I have put a few of those magical days on this site for you to enjoy! This particular image was taken from the same location as 528 Sunrise I, 528 Sunrise III, and 528 Sunrise IV. All that was necessary was to point the camera in a different direction.

528 Sunrise III

528 Sunrise III

Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

What does 528 have to do with anything? 528 is what a few friends and I have named a small boat ramp on Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania's Moraine State Park. In reality it is unnamed and tucked away with little signage marking where it is. But it is right off of Route 528......if you know where to turn.

On the vast majority of days the view from the shore is quite bland. But on some days magic just happens. It takes many, many trips to find those days. But if you are there for even just one, it all becomes worth it.

To save you the trips, I have put a few of those magical days on this site for you to enjoy! This particular image was taken from the same location as 528 Sunrise I, 528 Sunrise II, and 528 Sunrise IV. All that was necessary was to point the camera in a different direction.

528 Sunrise IV

528 Sunrise IV

Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

What does 528 have to do with anything? 528 is what a few friends and I have named a small boat ramp on Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania's Moraine State Park. In reality it is unnamed and tucked away with little signage marking where it is. But it is right off of Route 528......if you know where to turn.

On the vast majority of days the view from the shore is quite bland. But on some days magic just happens. It takes many, many trips to find those days. But if you are there for even just one, it all becomes worth it.

To save you the trips, I have put a few of those magical days on this site for you to enjoy! This particular image was taken from the same location as 528 Sunrise I, 528 Sunrise II, and 528 Sunrise III. All that was necessary was to point the camera in a different direction.

528 Sunrise V

528 Sunrise V

Another of the occasional mornings when sunrise over Lake Arthur at the 528 boat ramp in Moraine State Park looks magical.  

This was a long 80 second exposure, which allowed the clouds to blur and the water to take on a glassy appearance.

Island In The Mist

Island In The Mist

It was well worth getting up early on this particular day. All the necessary elements were present. The water, the islands, the fog and the sun all came together to make an unforgettable morning. The light was changing rapidly and this photo was taken only minutes after the photograph "Purple Morning", which can also be seen in this portfolio.

McConnell's Mill Overlook

McConnell's Mill Overlook

McConnell's Mill State Park, Pennsylvania

Most of the time, when I am photographing from the mill in McConnell's Mill State Park, I work from the mill's overlook (seen here). On this particular day, I decided to cross the river and climb down a hill to capture the view looking at the overlook instead of from it.

Red Covered Bridge

Red Covered Bridge

McConnell's Mill State Park, Pennsylvania

The red covered bridge at McConnell's Mill State Park is well known to anyone who has visited the area.

The formations in the water are seen because I utilized a very slow shutter speed in order to make visible what we don't normally see with the naked eye. It's one of the things I love about photography.

Lake Arthur Sunrise

Lake Arthur Sunrise

Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

You never really know what you are going to see when you go out to photograph sunrise.  It was well worth getting up early for the foggy start of a new day at Lake Arthur.

Death Valley Rivulets

Death Valley Rivulets

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph in Death Valley shortly after a brief rainfall. The blue sky was reflected in the water while the rising sun lit the mountains in the background with a warm glow. The white material on the earth is salt precipitate that 'crunched' underfoot as I walked. Most of these rivulets of water on the salt flats were small enough to step over. Two days later the water was gone.

View Down The Yough

View Down The Yough

The autumn trees added color and depth to this view down the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park. This photograph is a one minute exposure, collecting all the motion of the river during that minute into a single frame, which is what gives the water its smooth, milky appearance.

Bandon Beach

Bandon Beach

Bandon Beach, Oregon

Bandon Beach is one of the most surreal looking locations that I have ever been to. The sea stacks give the landscape an appearance that can only be called unearthly. At low tide, channels of water wind their way through the rippled sand, and the sun setting over the Pacific often paints the sky with deep, saturated colors. Of all the places that I have visited to photograph, this is the one I most want to return to.

This particular image was used in Spokane International Airport as part of a Pacific Northwest travel ad.

 

Purple Morning

Purple Morning

What a morning! The fog was starting to float away, the horizon was turning pink and the air itself seemed purple! The light was changing fast and the photograph "Island In The Mist", in this potfolio, was made just a few minutes after this.

Valley Of Fire Sunset

Valley Of Fire Sunset

Valley Of Fire State Park in Nevada's Mojave desert is a stark but beautiful place. In the right light, predominantly at sunrise and sunset, the red rock glows....and sometimes the sky does too!

Siren's Song

Siren's Song

Bandon Beach, on the Oregon Coast, is a surreal and somewhat unearthly looking place. Being there at sunset can be a spiritual experience, and that is the feeling I was hoping to capture when I made this photograph.

I entitled this image "Siren's Song" because it felt as though one could be gently lulled into walking out to those sea stacks!

Morton's Overlook Panorama

Morton's Overlook Panorama

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Morton's Overlook is one of the most popular locations from which to photograph sunset in Smoky Mountains National Park. This panoramic image was made just after my arrival in the park for a week long photo trip. It's a good thing I decided to photograph sunset instead of eating dinner, as the colors were spectacular and the evening skies were heavily overcast for the entire rest of the week.

Upon arriving at the overlook, I was immediately drawn to the overlapping shapes that were made by the receding mountain ridges as well as to the cool blue colors the mountains took on in contrast to the pink sky.

 

Morton's Overlook

Morton's Overlook

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Morton's Overlook is one of the most popular locations from which to photograph sunset in Smoky Mountains National Park. This image was made just after my arrival in the park for a week long photo trip. It's a good thing I decided to photograph sunset instead of eating dinner, as the colors were spectacular and the evening skies were heavily overcast for the entire rest of the week.

Upon arriving at the overlook, I was immediately drawn to the overlapping shapes that were made by the receding mountains as well as the cool blue colors the mountains took on in contrast to the pink sky.

Sunrise At Clingman's Dome

Sunrise At Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The sun rises at Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 6,643 feet of elevation, this is the highest point in the park. One of the difficulties making photographs at this location is the wind. And it is cold at sunrise here, even in the spring.

Sunrise At Clingman's Dome II

Sunrise At Clingman's Dome II

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

As the sun rises at Clingman's Dome, the fog in the valleys demonstrates the 'smoke' by which the park got it's name.

Sunrise At Clingman's Dome III

Sunrise At Clingman's Dome III

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Taken only a few minutes after the photo entitled Sunrise At Clingman;s Dome I, the sun turns the sky from magenta to pink and orange.

Palouse Hills I

Palouse Hills I

The Palouse Region, Washington

Photographing the rolling hills of the Palouse in the spring is like making abstract images on a grand scale. The shapes and colors are truly unique to this region.

Palouse Hills II

Palouse Hills II

The Palouse Region, Washington

The rolling hills of the Palouse just seem to beg for abstract compositions of shape and color. Here, the tree in the distance 'grounds' the photo in reality.