Great Falls Park
This weekend I had the opportunity to visit friends and family in Washington DC. I asked for a scenic location and being into photography himself, my brother took me to visit Great Falls Park. It was a very nice and leisurely stroll. We visited the Maryland side of the river. The trail/boardwalk ends right at this view. It is a very beautiful sight. We arrived some time before sunset. It was a relatively bright a clear sky so I gave some thought to how I wanted to capture it’s beauty.
I used the 5D mark III for this shot. After a few wide angle test shots with the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, I swapped lenses to the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II and began my panoramic shots. Even though it was close to sunset, because of the very bright light and clear skies (non dispersed/diffused light) it was a challenge to capture all the detail without using High Dynamic Range (HDR) bracketed composite shots. To compensate for this and capture the defining motion of the water I used a 10-stop Neutral Density (ND) filter. I also stopped my aperture down to f/11 to increase my depth of field and shot in AV mode to compensate for the varying cloud cover and shadows across the frame. The result is this 54 Megapixel HDR panoramic.
You can read more about Great Falls Park here.
I rarely find myself in front of the camera so it’s hard to tell I was ever there. Here are a few shots my brother took of me. I didn’t realize I was a bit of a nut until now…LOL. Thanks Chris!
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Denver CO Skyline at sunset
Almost a year ago I had to commute to Denver every week for close to two months in the fall. It was an interesting experience. Prior to that I had never been to Denver. My first week was a bit of an eye opener. Out there in the middle of Colorado’s vast expanse and emptiness lies this large sprawling city a few minutes from the Rockies. The city is bubbling with culture, diversity and enterprise. It has a laid back, very progressive feel. The citizens of Denver have invested heavily in their city and it shows. It is very beautiful and mostly well thought out. There is almost always some kind of major event or festival in this culture hub.
Naturally by my second week I was hauling all my camera gear with me. My camera bag barely passes as carry-on. I spent my evenings tirelessly scouting the city for that perfect view and perspective. I believe every city has at least a few. I am happy say I did indeed find a few of them and will be making them available in limited edition prints. Although the city is mostly very calm quiet and safe, my exploits did take me though some rough turns and alleys that had me looking over my shoulder all night. I will most definitely be returning to Denver again in the future to explore more of this beautiful state.
Denver CO Skyline via rail yards after sunset