Pumpkin Spiced Fall

After getting the new Nikon Z7, I was excited to experience fall colors in Virginia. This area has a lot of diversity to the landscapes, and I wanted to put the camera through its paces while exploring some of Virginia’s best offerings.

In total, I drove several hundred miles to each end of the state - from Southwest Virginia and the New River Valley, to the coastline of Virginia Beach - to capture these fall photographs. I promise they are also scratch and sniff… should smell like pumpkin spice!

We’re now entering the long winter months, where the photography can be a little more challenging, but there’s another Scenic Traverse Photography adventure on the horizon. Stay tuned for more great explorations soon.

Which is your favorite?


Quick Shot: Single Leaf

Every so often I make a point of digging through the photo archives to see what I've "lost" in the midst of all my work. I think of it as the spring cleaning for my hard drive!

I took a few hours today to dig through some older photos that never made my website because they were overshadowed or lost in depths. I came back with several finds and decided to dust off one of these oldies for today's quick shot.

This single leaf was photographed last fall along a waterfall hike. I don't remember exactly where I took it, but I do remember being struck by the perfect contrast between the bright leaf and dark rock. It's an incredibly simple photograph and even simpler scene to photograph, but that's what makes photos like this so fun for me - I enjoy the challenge of making a simple scene worth photographing.

Don't worry, I've got plenty of new stuff on the way (including some new equipment reviews), but today, we'll enjoy an image that got lost in the archives.

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Quick Shot: Blackwater Falls

Waterfalls have always been a favorite subject of mine, but there are only so many different falls within a reasonable drive of Washington, DC, which means I tend to revisit the same falls throughout the year and try to catch them in a new season or setting.

A few weeks ago, the colors of fall were very vibrant in DC, so I grabbed the camera and headed to a favorite spot in West Virginia - Blackwater Falls State Park. As chronicled in my previous blog, my arrival in West Virginia was greeted with snow.... all the fall leaves had given way to an early winter storm. 

I grabbed the camera and went out to Blackwater Falls, the main attraction for the park, which was very colorful due to a recent storm and late afternoon sun poking through the dark storm clouds. Thankfully a few pine trees added some extra color and masked the fact that all the leaves had already fallen! 

I've photographed this waterfall in many seasons and with many techniques (including infrared) but I think this is one of my favorite photos of the falls to date.... and it didn't even go as originally planned! Shot with the Nikon D800 & Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.