Sunday, July 14, 2013

Shenandoah Skyline Drive Detour

As was stated in my previous post (for anyone who actually reads this) I spent a few days in Virginia at the end of June for work.  My last work day there I was asked if I would like to drive the new company van back down to Florida...  Of course I said yes, I'm not one to miss the opportunity for a road trip, and so off I went on a 6 hour detour through the Shenandoah National Park.  I figured I could sit on I-95 in the DC/Richmond corridor in traffic for 6 hours or I could get my camera out and make use of it, while seeing something that would be new to me.  The park has a route that you can drive through called Skyline Drive that follows the ridge of the Valley; which allows for some really great shots, at various scenic turnouts, and the speed limit is 35 so you really get to take it all in for a little over three hours (its about 110 miles).  The last two shots are iphone shots; the final one being a North Carolina sunset that I caught after gassing up. 

It had been too long since I pulled out the camera and taken pictures for myself, and take my time getting somewhere.  Not a bad mental reboot for an over stressful summer that isn't done yet. 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Temporarily Nomadic

       Last week I made a trip to Virginia... the DC area specifically.  It was a working trip so being a photographer I of course documented the experience, because I can't really see anything without first looking at it through a viewfinder.  While that is something of a misnomer since three out of four of these shots were taken with an iphone and edited in Instagram, but that's just a technicality, the constraints of the iphone as a tool for photography and the Instagram square crop are becoming just as ingrained as ISO, shutter speed and F stop for most of us these days, not that I will every put down my "real" camera and shoot solely on a smart phone, I like to be in control of my shot in most situations.                             
       Anyway this was what I saw and where I went.  I flew out of RSW (Ft Myers) with a carry on, my camera and Uglyhat.  Got lost listening to the GPS, hung out with Bambi and enjoyed a post thunderstorm sunset.  I enjoyed myself, missed my family and got to sit in a lot of traffic.  Which is the usual sort of thing that happens to me on trips like this, oh and the random crazy person that I encounter when I sit at a bar, but that is a completely different story and I most certainly don't have the time or space here to go into that. 

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