Bosque del Apache Workshop (Part 1)

As I mentioned in a recent post, last month Andi and I attended Rick Sammon's Bosque del Apache workshop. It was a great workshop in a beautiful locations, and we had a fantastic time.

We arrived a couple days before the workshop and spent some time going out to shoot on our own. One of the places we went was to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array, near Magdelena, New Mexico. It was an awesome day in many ways, including the weather. We had sun, rain, sleet, snow, and hail! It was epic!

For an Arcanum photography challenge, I just post-processed ten photos from a single roll of film, and I chose a roll from our excursion to the VLA. Since I took the time to process and post the photos on The Arcanum site, I thought I'd go ahead and post them here, too.

By the way, Rick asked Andi and me to write a guest post for his weblog! I've written an initial draft and passed it along to Andi. I'm hopeful that she will polish it up, we'll add some photos, and get it to Rick in the near future. When that happens, I'll be sure to post something here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.


I love photos of fog. I'm not sure I've figured out the best way to make foggy photos, but I try every chance I get.

A completely unexpected opportunity to make fog photos presented itself to me yesterday while I was driving up the freeway to shoot photos at the Delaware (Ohio) Arts Festival. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and the Central Ohio Photo Group was having a meetup for breakfast and photography.

As I was driving I saw what I though was smoke ahead. There was a lot of it, and I started to look to see if I could see the source. Only it wasn't smoke. It was fog!. My mind started thinking (up until then it was just idling) about how I could make photos. I couldn't just stop on the freeway, much as I wanted to do so, but that wouldn't have made for great photos anyway. I needed to get closer to the source, which was the Olentangy River.

As I was thinking, I drove by Antrim Lake and saw the most wonderfully backlit tendrils of fog coming off the lake! Must get off the freeway! Now! So I took the next exit and backtracked to the park entrance.

I don't think I was able to truly capture the look and feel, so I'm still trying to figure out the secrets of fog photography, but it was well worth the detour to give it another try. I hope you agree.

Antrim Lake 1

Antrim Lake 2

Winter's Last Hurrah?

Waterman Farm

It always snows in Columbus in March... at least it seems that way, and I seem to have the opportunity to say it every year... and not being very witty or creative, I always do say it... and I'm glad it does because it gives me a last chance (or many last chances some years) to continue to make winter photos.

I like making winter photos, maybe because I like shooting in black and white, and snow provides some bright white to use when looking for contrast. Snow also provides very interesting textures when the light is right, as it is on bright mornings, such as this morning. I find scenes of snow and long shadows irresistible for photography.

I made this photo at Ohio State University's Waterman Farm, a few blocks from where we live, and my favorite place in this area. As you can tell by looking at my Flickr feed, I walk down there very often, and I usually bring along my Fuji X-E1.

This morning I brought along my 35mm and 60mm lenses. I made this photo with the 35mm and shot it using manual exposure set to 1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 800.

Shale Hollow Preserve

A couple weeks ago Andi and I went on a field trip to Shale Hollow Preserve, one of many parks administered by the city of Delaware, Ohio. The trip was sponsored by the local Wild Birds Unlimited store, and our good friend, Mike, led the trip. As usual, he did a great job.

I had never been to, or even heard of, Shale Hollow, and it was a nice surprise. It's along the south side of the Olentangy River and consequently has a bit of geographic relief (i.e. hills). One thing that this part of Ohio has a dearth of is hills. Having grown up in Western Oregon and Southern California, I appreciate hills (and mountains), so it's always nice to find more that are accessible.

We spent a nice morning walking the trail (as far as I know, there is only one... about a mile in length) and photographing along the creek. I found the concretions especially interesting.

Here are a couple of my photographs from Shale Hollow. I have several more in my Flickr stream, and you can also see them, for the next week or so, on this site's POTD page.

Update: I don't know how I could have forgotten to include this, especially on a website (mostly) dedicated to photography, but I did... The day before this trip I had received my new Fujinon XF18mm f/2 lens. I shot both of the photos shown here with the new lens attached to my beloved Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera. As I usually do, I shot in black and white (with yellow filter) JPEG mode.

And one more thing... dogs are allowed on the trail at Shale Hollow. We haven't yet taken our trio, but doing so is on our agenda.

Shale Hollow Preserve 1 (Explored)

Shale Hollow Preserve 6