Certain images invite you in to contemplate the subjects' world. This is one that causes many to pause and question. Who are these silhouettes? What is captivating them? I love to hear guesses from my viewers as to where this shot was taken. No one guesses Nicaragua! I captured these two rangers taking a break to soak in their domain while hiking on Volcan Masaya in Nicaragua. I noticed them in their element and was struck by their simple moment, unplugged from the world and just enjoying it. I circled around them to compose my shot, completely unnoticed. This remains one of my favorites from this adventure.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Arts Business Institute in D.C. and to walk the American Made Show with several other Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia juried artists. It was a weekend spent honing in on our retail/wholesale strategies. If you are an artist that sells your work retail/wholesale I highly recommend these classes.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was the drive through Virginia. I went to college in the Blue Ridge Mountains and so anytime I pass through these days I am overwhelmed with nostalgia of farms, country roads and mountains. Somewhere near Front Royal I was compelled to exit the highway and seek out a photo op. I often just drive on a whim. At last light I found my perfect frame. The clouds were moving quickly across the sky and the stars were starting to peak out. The bare trees and farm fence sealed the deal. This image was originally in color showing sunset hues, however I felt like the b&w was more appropriate.
Many tourists only venture to West Virginia for vacation in the summer. There is good reason to come in the heat and enjoy the state's many natural water sources. However, many of us year-round dwellers can attest to the fact that WV is stunning in the winter. When the leaves drop there is incredible visibility in the New River Gorge, providing many photography opportunities. The freezing temps also create magical ice formations all around that you can only see to believe.
What a treat to photograph a surprise engagement at one of the sweetest places on the Upper Gauley River, "Sweets Falls"! Congratulations to Drew and Shellie on your Gauley River engagement!
There are many great opportunities for photography in Southern West Virginia, one of the greatest being the West Virginia State Fair. My husband and I went down to the fair grounds and enjoyed one of the most precious things of summer; a perfect, cool, crisp, breezy and sunny day in August. My intentions were to stick around and work on some long exposure night photography. I wanted implied motion of all the rides. That would have been great.
It's great to have intentions, but even better to be flexible. I found so many fun things in the daylight to photograph that I hadn't anticipated. We walked everywhere, caught the raptor show and pig races. When darkness finally fell we were too exhausted to go back to the car for the tripod.
Maybe next year!
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