Category Archives: Virginia
Today’s image is an HDR, High Dynamic Range, image of the Postern Gate at Fort Monroe. I shot this beautiful image today and chose to do an HDR image as there was wonderful diffuse lighting through the high altitude rain clouds. Blending the three images into one image using Photomatix Pro allowed me to bring out the ominous feeling of the cloud cover as well as intensifying the fall colors and warming the fortress’s walls. The lines of the walkway to the gate transition the viewers eye from the foreground through the wonderful blue green of the water to the strong receding horizontal lines of the forts walls which are warmed by the fall coloring and the soft lighting. The foreboding dark grey cloud cover focuses the viewers eye back to the Fort serving to further reinforce the strength of the subject. This image is printed on professional metallic photo paper and is available for sale here at my online art print store, Etsy.com.
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For the past several weeks I have been visiting Fort Monroe as it is only 5 minutes from my house in Hampton, Virginia and since the Army decommissioned the base and turned the property over to the State of Virginia and the City of Hampton it is no longer a hassle to visit the post. For the past several days I have been shooting HDR images on my visits and will be sharing a few of my favorites. Thanks for taking the time to look and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
This first image is a tonemapped black and white of the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) steaming past the Chamberlin Hotel seawall at Fort Monroe.
This next image is of a coastal defense battery on Fort Monroe overlooking the Chesapeake Bay called Battery Church. The battery was commissioned January 1901 and was named for 1st Lt. Albert E. Church of the 3rd U.S. Artillery. The image was created using three exposures 1 stop apart from each other then merged into one image using Photomatix Pro.
While walking the Water Battery in front of the old fortress at Fort Monroe I saw this copper coated door for the powder room of the old Water Battery. The powder room is all that remains of the Water Battery, I decided to blend 3 images for an HDR image of this door to bring out the grain of the wood peeking beneath the copper cladding. This is one of my favorite HDR images from Fort Monroe because of the vibrant rust, wood and copper patina blending together to make a wonderfully colorful image.
Finally, this last image is an HDR in B&W of the moat and walls of Fortress Monroe. I blended three 1 stop exposures to bring out the subtle clouds and keep the interesting texture in the masonry walls of the fort and the water. I tend to prefer HDR in B&W more so than color as it looks more natural to me than the over saturated colors of color HDR images. In B&W the images tend to take on a more serious and foreboding feel that I think works very well in my B&W landscape work.
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Last week, we shot three families at the Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Va. It was a beautiful late fall day and the vineyard is a beautiful location for portraits as it is located in the rolling foothills of Virginia’s hunt country and Mosby Heritage area. Although Three Fox is only 40 minutes from the beltway you feel like you are a world away in the tranquil setting with 50 rolling acres.
We shot the Savoca, Fukui and Praizner families in this scenic location and I couldn’t be happier with the portraits. If you find yourself in Delaplane do yourself a favor and stop by for the wonderful Virginia wines and the spectacular scenery and hospitality. You can find more information about Three Fox Vineyards here or their Facebook page here.
The new Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier replaces the old wooden fishing pier destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The City of Hampton rebuilt and operates the pier and it opened for business on May 30th 2009. Construction began March 14th 2008 and is in the same location as the previous pier, it measures 709 feet in length and is 16 feet wide, it includes restrooms, a snack bar, and a bait shop. The pier is constructed with concrete pilings and beams with wooden decking and railings which should help it withstand heavy winter storms and hurricanes. The estimated cost of rebuilding the pier was approximately 4.1 million and the pier is already gaining a reputation for it’s excellent Cobia fishing.