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Elkins WV

When I drove to Kentucky last weekend I was treated to some GORGEOUS sights throughout West Virginia. This scene is on the west side of Elkins along rt 33.


I had hit a rut recently with my photography, but thanks to two wedding gigs I have seemed to come out of it now. It was WONDERFUL to get back to processing WITHOUT a lot of extras. The surprising thing is that THIS is exactly what I was craving with my landscape work...back to basics. Now this is a two-fold problem with me you see...the other part was feeling like I was covering the 'same old ground'. Well it turns out that yes getting to new locations does spark the creative juices, BUT more than new locations I finally figured out that what I really mean to say is 'Shooting in the same old light". I need to really get out and shoot more in the early mornings and late evenings to capture the best light. Unfortunately life gets in the way at times, so I figured that I just need to set assignments or times that force me to " be there". Now just getting my wife to understand...HA!


I come from the days of film, and even though I have the whole world open to me with the Digital Age, I still prefer my landscapes to have a "as it was" or the National Geographic look to them. I felt like I had gone down the over-processing road with my landscape work and now I am on a mission to shoot and process under a lot more constraint.


Now even though I prefer the 'Old School' imagery with my landscapes, I AM still using new techniques to master them. This is a 3 shot handheld bracketed HDR. So as you see, I am mixing old with new to create and satisfy my artistic fire.


Thanks for looking and especially reading!!

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Taken on September 15, 2012