Ashokan Rail Trail and View of Reservoir

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Ashokan Rail Trail and View of Reservoir

Catskills Park, Ulster County NY

We parked in the Woodstock Dike Parking Lot so this view near the Boiceville Bridge Trailhead was at the fair end of the rail trail. There are scenic areas scattered the entirety of the rail trail.

Visit the Ashokan Rail Trail – http://ashokanrailtrail.com/

Long Bridge at Black Run

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Long Bridge at Black Run
 
Black Run Preserve, Evesham, Burlington County NJ
 
Crossing this 10 foot stretch of “bridge” on a nature trail almost seemed like a good idea until I gauged the depth at nearly 4 feet with my tripod. Carrying 20 lbs of unwieldy photography gear in a backpack also convinced me that this trail was not for me.
 
Visit Black Run Preserve – https://blackrun.org

Hibernia Pond

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Hibernia Pond
 
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Township, New Jersey
 
Located off of the far end of Upper Hibernia Road, parts of the pond’s shore line are composed of big piles of rock tailings from former mining operations. The local water snake community takes full advantage of the rocks.

Boardwalk through Forest

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Boardwalk through Forest
 
Vernon, New Jersey
 

Wetlands in Spring – Great Swamp NWR

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Wetlands in Spring
 
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Morris County NJ
 
I waited out the clouds for a brief glimpse of sunlight on this April day.
 
Sigma 17-50mm + Canon SL2

Expressing motion in photography: Beach Grass and Crescent Moon

When I first began doing photography, I thought that the prime objective was to freeze all action to record a moment in time.  Getting a sharp capture of a fleeting moment can indeed be difficult, whether it is a closeup view of the supermoon rising on the horizon, a sports photograph like a MLB baseball player nailing a fastball, or a bird photo like trying to shoot a tiny Tree Swallow mid-air.  There is also great validity to having motion within your frame.  In some cases, this can evoke moods like quickly fleeting action or on the other hand, serenity.

NJ Shore Night Photo

DSLR Nature Photograph from New Jersey showcasing how motion caused by wind can express time and add further dynamics to an image.

The above image was taken recently at the New Jersey Shore using a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 60D camera and the Tamron SP 90mm VC 1:1 F/2.8 Macro Lens.  Camera settings in manual exposure: 2.5 seconds F/7.1 ISO 100.  VC off (lens stabilization motor), Mirror Lock-up, 2 Second Timer, One Shot Autofocus (near the middle of the grass), and Auto White Balance.

I think the crescent moon has a really great distinctive shape, a shape I generally associate with a peaceful sky.  The grass that I have included within the frame is typical vegetation of the mid-Atlantic shoreline, so this gives a nice sense of orientation for the viewer.  For others, the grass may be reminiscent of a prairie or meadow.  The back and forth motion of the blades of grass tell us that time is passing, and also gives the photo a much softer edged appearance than a motionless capture.  I did shoot several similar frames, but in the other images I actually felt there was too much motion and not enough definition on the grass.

Telephotos for Landscape Photography

I typically shoot landscape/scenic photos with pretty wide lenses (somewhere between 10mm and 40mm), but in this case the stand of trees I wanted to isolate was a bit too far away for lenses of that category.  Having a lens arsenal that includes a medium telephoto helped eliminate most of the distracting foreground foliage, and halted the need for walking through mud and swampy areas.

Trees in the Fog

Morning Fog at Big Cypress

This particular shot was taken with a tripod mounted Tamron 70-300mm VC lens, zoomed to 200mm.