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Holland in Haymarket – Burnside Farms

My family and I went to this beautiful family farm in Haymarket, Virginia this spring for a pick your own tulip event. The tulips were beautiful and everyone working this small family farm couldn’t have been more helpful! We will definitely be going back next year.

From The Burnside Farms Facebook Page:

We have been in the flower business for 3 generations. On most days you can still meet the Grandmother, Mom and Son all together, working at the farm stand. We spend the spring summer and early fall harvesting beautiful blooms for our wholesale clients in our field and greenhouse operations. We are also open to the public for special pick your own events, fall festivities and Christmas trees.

Call for seasonal hours. 703-930-3052

Thanks for supporting family farms!!
– Team Burnside

https://www.facebook.com/BurnsideFarms

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Poetry of Motion

Poetry of Motion

For the past two years I have been shooting a Dance Art Photography project; both to highlight my Dance Photography and to bring more awareness to the beauty, artistry and athletic ability of dancers. These images are of a very talented young dancer from The Academy of Russian Ballet in Manassas, Virginia. To view more of our “Poetry of Motion” Art images please visit our
Website: Poetry of Motion  or Blog: Poetry of Motion

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoying sharing them with you and we hope you consider supporting this project to bring the beauty of dance to a wider audience by purchasing one of our limited edition prints at our website: www.bpaydenphotography.com/store

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Postern Gate – Fort Monroe

Postern Gate - Fort Monroe

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.

To view more of my work or for more information about me and my studio please visit my website here, www.bpaydenphotography.com

Fort Monroe – HDR

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.

USN Destroyer - Chamberlin Hotel seawall

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.

Battery Church

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.

Powder Room - Water Battery

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.

Fortress Monroe

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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Three Families at Three Fox Vineyards

Three Fox Vineyard

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.

Poetry of Motion

In the Spring of 2011 I started an art project entitled “The Poetry of Motion” centered on capturing the beauty and artistry of dance in still photographs. The project is set to wind up in the fall of 2012 with The Gallery at 915 in Fredericksburg, Va. hosting the exhibition of the images in late Winter 2012.

We have created a blog for the Poetry project and we hope you visit it here, to enjoy the images of the wonderfully  talented dancers. To purchase any of the limited edition prints from this project please visit our storefront, if you have any questions about the project or are interested in participating please email me for further information.