I had been wanting to shoot some waterfalls with all this rain we’ve been having and I finally had a chance on Friday. I made the 2 hour drive out to Mount Magazine. After all these years in Arkansas, this was my first trip to this place. It’s beautiful! The big problem I had though was that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Nothing messes up a good waterfall picture like direct sunlight. Oh well. The picture above is the only real keeper from the bunch in my opinion. I hope to go back on a nice overcast day to get some better photos. These first pictures are from Hardy Falls. This is a VERY easy waterfall to find because it is right along the road on the way to Mt Magazine. Actually, it is UNDER the road as this is a bridge. The falls are named after the man hired to build these awesome bridges along the the way up the mountain. There are waterfalls on both sides of this bridge that are beautiful.
I took a short trip to Glenwood yesterday to have lunch with a friend and he gave me the tip on this cool location. The Caddo River flows under this old trestle. I don’t like shooting in broad daylight, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity while I was there. (more…)
On my way to Mountain View to speak at a men’s retreat, I decided to stop in Heber Springs for some photos. There are a few waterfalls there and we’ve had plenty of rain. (more…)
We had an ice storm recently in Hot Springs. The mountains in particular looked amazing with all the glistening ice on the trees. I decided to head up into the surrounding mountains to see if I could capture some of the magic. This was the first shoot with my new Nikon D800. First, I tried going up to West Mountain. They had the road closed off though. I guess some trees were down over the road. So, I headed towards Hot Springs Mountain. Score! It was open! I was a bit worried though as the ice had all melted at the base of the mountain. Thankfully, the higher you went, the more ice there was. (more…)
Yesterday morning our town was covered in fog. I decided to drive up to a nearby mountain top with a clearing facing the east. I lucked out as the fog cleared at the top. I was treated to an amazing sunrise over a sea of fog with just a few mountain tops showing. The mountains looked like islands. I did my best to capture the moment, but I don’t think the pictures do it justice. God certainly knows how to put on a display of beauty! (more…)
I had been chomping at the bit to get outside, explore, and take some pictures. I had surgery just before Christmas which has kept me indoors for the most part. I finally found time to break away and visit Petit Jean State Park! The crazy thing was, it was mid-January and almost hit 70 degrees that day! Typical Arkansas though… 1 day later and we’re looking at possible flooding and maybe even ice storms on Sunday. My brother joined me again as we set out on this journey. We only had a few hours so we went at a pretty quick pace!
Our first stop was Bear Cave Trail. This leads you along some enormous boulders which are bluff line high above the river. In the picture above, you can see Mather Lodge in the distance. I’m using a zoom lens so you really don’t get a feel for just how far away or high up we are. FYI, boulder climbing is WAY easier without a backpack full of camera gear and a tripod!
I’ve learned that landscape photography puts you into some interesting situations. If you really want a certain shot, you have to be willing to look a little crazy! I’ve been wanting a sunrise shot over Lake Hamilton for awhile but wasn’t quite sure where to go. I used my favorite website, SunCalc, to see where the sunrise was coming from this time of year. I guessed that the boat dock for the Clarion Hotel would be ideal so I headed that way when I noticed the great cloud formations in the sky this morning. People really underestimate the time and effort that goes into planning landscape shoots! … (more…)
I decided to dabble in mostly architectural photography today. I’ve learned there are certainly some unique challenges to architecture photography. You end up with some very defined lines and if you aren’t perfectly straight on or if you’re using a wide angled lens (I was), you get some bending and skewing. I tried my best to correct this in Lightroom and Photoshop. Hot Springs has some very cool, old buildings. During this trip, I only used my 16-35 mm lens for wide shots. I hope to go back soon with my 70-200 mm for some detail shots as there are some incredibly ornate areas along the roof lines and doorways.
NOTE: I’d REALLY like to gain access to the insides of some of these places. Please let me know if you have any contacts!
In Hot Springs, we are blessed to have some wonderful, caring people. One local man, Dr. Kevin Hale, has built such a reputation in our community. He lives just down the street from me and was gracious enough to allow me to take pictures on his property recently. The land is gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to get some photos of the mist rising from one of the ponds in the golden glow of a sunrise!