Ed Szrom Photo Images

August in Lost River, WV

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The last week in August provided gracious weather for my week of landscape photography.  As most photographers know, the early morning light is the most favorable to exceptional images.  As I found out, that "early morning light" can mean several different situations spread across several hours.

The first light, before the sun appears, that ethereal blue, fades quickly along with the morning stars.  Expect very long exposures; it's really dim.

The Lost River Valley is, well, a valley and therefore the sun hides behind the eastern ranges until it is rather high in the sky.  The light here becomes more golden, and in the days of late summer, is not yet strong enough to burn off the clouds that have settled overnight.  Wonderful light with the distances shrouded in fog.

Once the sun comes out of hiding, the light is pure gold, the shadows cast are long and deep.  Barns, tools and tractors, still covered in the early mist can be magical.

A Morning at Great Falls

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Not having visited Great Falls, MD, in some time, I decided to get an early morning start.  The weather on Friday was as good as a summer day gets in the area with light winds, low humidity and a clear sky.  Traffic going out of DC was not bad and the roads along the Potomac River were pleasant. 

The C&O National Historic Park, at the end of MacArthur Blvd, is open from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.  It was well past that when I arrived.  Hiking out to the observation deck on Olmsted Island, I noticed that the small side stream, usually rushing with water were mostly dry.

At that hour, I had the observation deck to myself and was able to set up my tripod.  Note to self:  find a taller tripod that will clear the railings easily.  It was only then that I realized that the sun was still behind the hills surrounding the river basin.  Took some shots anyway and hiked along the towpath.

 

Great Falls from the Maryland shore

Great Falls from the Maryland shore