Monthly Archives: December 2013

Grigg Dam In Fog

Griggs Dam - Click image to enlarge

Griggs Dam – Click image to enlarge

 

You never know what photographic opportunity may come your way so you should always be prepared by having a camera with you. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always have my DSLR with me, but I always at least have my cell phone camera with me. The saying, “The best camera you have is the one you have with you” is very true! This past Saturday I was driving home after doing a little Christmas shopping, and wasn’t even thinking about taking any pictures. The weather had been terrible the previous night and most of the day with heavy rain and wind. Over 2 inches of rain had fallen, but the rain had finally stopped and as I passed Griggs Dam on the Scioto River late in the afternoon I could see that the water was flowing over the dam very fast and fog was forming over the swirling water. I love photographing in the fog and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to shoot in the fog, and I even had my DSLR and tripod in the trunk!

The wind was really blowing the fog around, one minute you couldn’t see a thing and the next it was almost clear plus I was losing daylight since it was almost sunset so I had to shoot fast. These views give you the feeling of how fast the water was flowing over the dam, and how powerful it is by the violent churning and swirling, and the fog adds a sense of mystery. The second image is a very tight shot of just the flowing water, meant to be an abstract view. The camera settings for these shots were 1 second at f/11, 67mm focal length and ISO 100.

 

An abstract view of the flowing water - Click image to enlarge

An abstract view of the flowing water – Click image to enlarge

Griggs Reservoir Park as it is formally called has biking/running trails the run the full 2.25 mile length of the park. Within the park there is also a nature preserve, disc golf course, various picnic areas, and a boat launch. The dam was dedicated in 1905, names in honor of Julian Griggs who was chief engineer for the City of Columbus for many years.

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October’s Hunter’s Moon

Hunter's Moon October 2013

Hunter’s Moon October 2013 – Click image to enlarge

 

 

Several photography friends and I went to Great Smoky Mountains National Park back in October to photograph fall color. Although we were there over the 3rd weekend of October which is typically when peak color occurs, the color this year was below average at best but we had a great time and did capture some great shots!

Our first evening in the park was spent atop Clingman’s Dome for a sunset, followed closely by moonrise of the full Hunter’s  Moon. In October, the full moon can be either the Hunter’s Moon or the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox, and in every 2 out of 3 years it occurs in September, but in some years it does occur in October. This year, the October full moon was the Hunter’s Moon. Sky conditions were partly cloudy for sunset, which helped give us some nice color as the sun sank below the horizon. Unfortunately the fog rolled in shortly after sunset and obscured the sky. We stayed for about 45 more minutes after sunset and decided that the sky wasn’t going to clear enough for us to see the moon so it was time to pack up. Five photographers have a lot of gear, and by the time we got everything loaded and drove as far as the other end of the parking lot, the wind changed direction, blew the fog away and suddenly there was the bright, full moon. Of course we stopped, got some of our gear out and started shooting. The sky didn’t stay clear very long because thin high clouds moved in before we fired our first shots. All was not lost as the wind created some very interesting patterns in the clouds lit by the bright full moon as you can see in my images. In the second image, you can see that the fog is just about to blow over us again.

 

Hunter's Moon with fog rolling in - Click image to enlarge

Hunter’s Moon with fog rolling in – Click image to enlarge

 

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