So I decided to get up early on Saturday and get some sunrise photos over the Salem Lake. This time of the year it is getting really foggy during morning hours and I wanted to see how its going to look. I wasn’t sure if they open the gates to little marina before sunrise, but to my surprise the gates were open and I saw about ten fishing boats leaving into the fog, one by one. I think they had some kind of fishing competition going on. Only if I could get there 5 minutes earlier, I thought, I would be able to get those boats in action. I still managed to get a few shots of the fishermen who decided to stay around marina, thanks guys.
This will be first in a few photos about morning or evening commute. If I happen to be in the car during sunrise or sunset and traffic comes to a stop and I happen to have my camera ready then I might be able to take a shot. It is hard to take photos like this, because I have to be at a total stop and you never know when that will happen and what you are going to see in front of you. There might be spectacular colors in the sky by you are blocked by some huge truck and there is no point to take a photo. Photos like this are random, without any preparation or a much thought about the framing of the subject. Take it if you can and hope for the best outcome.
This photo is on the Dulles Toll Road, somewhere between Reston and Tysons Corner. Traffic was moving very slow with frequent stops. Every time it stopped I put my camera on the top of the steering wheel and took a shot. We were coming to this bridge and the sun was right behind it, looking very interesting. I was hoping that traffic will stop so I could take a photo. How selfish of me. And we stopped.
A few weeks ago we went to hike around Grandfather Mountain. There are a few ways to get up here with spectacular views. There are couple free choices which require a lot of strenuous hiking, with about 3 hours to get here. One is from Profile hike parking area on HW105 and the other one is from I believe “Daniel Boone” hike parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We done both of those in the past, it takes you about 2 to 2.5 hours just to get to the ridge. you can then hike on the ridge for another couple hours and enjoy some spectacular views, some with 360 access. This time we actually drove into the Grandfather park, paid $15 each, it is pricey, but it saved us at least 4 hours of hiking from the Blue Ridge or from the 105 parking.
Below photo is 180 Panorama View over Grandfather Mountain “Valley”. My first try at making panoramas. It is not bad as long as you can see it on a huge screen with details shown. On the left is the main Grandfather mountain with all attractions and their bridge. Down in the middle is the Grandfather Country Club, then Linville Ridge with its multimillion dollar estates, then Sugar mountain with that ugly white apartment building on top of it, then is Banner Elk and the Beach Mountain. To the right is the next peak we hiked after taking this photo(s). Click on the photo to see it large.
Continuing my posts with portrait shots from the Great Wall. We were there at the end of July and it was extremely unpleasant weather, it was hot, humid and smoggy. We didn’t look too glamorous there, we were sweaty and the hit just didn’t do any favors to our appearance. But pretty much every photo of other folks on the wall that I took are looking good, not sweaty and not looking exhausted from the hit and humidity. Maybe it can be attributed to the fact that they didn’t try to cover as much territory as we did, who knows. Or they just know how to handle that type of weather, or maybe they didn’t drink any beer the night prior, hmm.