Oregon trip – final morning

The final morning of my trip I decided to head up to one of the lakes that surrounded Mount Hood for the morning. After doing a bit of google map recon, I decided on Trillium Lake, which was a short 45 min drive from the hotel. I gave myself plenty of time in the morning to be on-site before twilight which meant an early start for me. I got up at 4am and was on the road a short while later. As I drove on RT. 26 heading toward the park, I could see Mt. Hood in the light of the full moon towering over the landscape. It was an amazing sight in the dark of night with the moon really bright in the cool, crisp & clear Oregon air. As I drove higher into the mountains, the temp was dropping rapidly and finally leveled out at a cool 40 degrees, quite a drop from 75 in Portland. I arrived in the parking area and realized I was there all alone which was both exciting and a little unnerving. I looked around a bit and found a spot to shoot from and took in the amazing scenery before me. The conditions were just right that morning for the cold water to release water vapor in the form of fog. The only noise I could hear was a bald eagle calling as it flew around looking for food. I really can’t explain what an amazing sight this place was. To the West, the full Moon was getting ready to set behind the mountains. To the East just over 4 miles away Mount Hood loomed over the lake at 11,250 feet tall. The side of the mountain still had a fair amount of snow on it from the previous winter, which I assume is the norm. I imagine the air temps up that high are never high enough for it to melt entirely. I spent a couple of hours shooting as the sun came up, changing locations around the lake. After a little while, some campers with fishing rods started to show up and enjoy the pristine wilderness. If you make a trip to Oregon, this area should be at the top of your list to visit and perhaps spend the night. What an amazing place. Here are a couple of shots from the visit. Hope you enjoy…

Moonset over Trillium Lake, MT Hood National Forest, OR © Rob Loughrey
Moonset over Trillium Lake, MT Hood National Forest, OR © Rob Loughrey
Twilight at Trillium Lake, MT Hood National Forest, OR © Rob Loughrey
Twilight at Trillium Lake, MT Hood National Forest, OR © Rob Loughrey
© Rob Loughrey
© Rob Loughrey
The light of dawn, MT Hood National Forest, OR © Rob Loughrey
The light of dawn, MT Hood National Forest, OR © Rob Loughrey

Ricketts fog

Planning trips to Ricketts Glen State Park is usually based on the weather forecasts for me. Of course it is – you say, but not for the reasons you are thinking. For me, I prefer to be there when a storm has just passed or there are chances of fog in the area. Being in the forest such as Ricketts Glen during a time like this takes you to a different world. Low clouds transform the area into something so mysterious. Not being able to see distances that you are accustomed too makes that mystery. You know something is out there, you just don’t know what it is. As the sun rises, the fog begins to break, sometimes shining through in pieces, giving you crepuscular light rays or as some people like to call them – “God Beams”. Whatever your preference, this is an amazing way to experience the forest. Capturing this mood in photography is actually pretty easy believe it or not. The lighting is mostly even, except for the area of bright light where the sun shines through. All you need to do is meter your scene without the sun or rays of light in your image, lock in the exposure, recompose and shoot. If you are nervous about missing the shot, bracket your exposure both over and under. Last spring, I had some luck with the weather predicting and traveled there when the conditions looked ripe for a foggy morning. This shot is standing at the top of the 92′ Ganoga Falls looking down. I am really looking forward to spring! More to follow….

Foggy morning  at Ganoga Falls  - Ricketts Glen State Park, PA © Rob Loughrey
Foggy morning  at Ganoga Falls  – Ricketts Glen State Park, PA © Rob Loughrey

Anne Arundel Morning

There is something about the months of November and December when it comes to morning photography. Quite often, temperature inversion happens and the fields are covered with a blanket of mist and fog. This is a great time to be out getting some sunrise images of the areas around you. One of my favorite haunts is a local farm where I am able to go out and be a part of the days awakening. It’s cold, the snow geese are moving and there is a distinct calm in the air. Scouting an area and knowing where the sun will rise is a great help when you are trying to capture a specific image. I use various apps available for my phone that provide the exact location of the sun throughout the day. It is a tremendous help in getting the shot you envision. Sleeping in on days like this is overrated. Get out there and enjoy the world….

Sunrise – Anne Arundel County, MD © Rob Loughrey

Sidney Lanier Bridge and morning fog

This is another shot of the Sidney Lanier Bridge on the Brunswick River. This river is the outlet to the Saint Simons Sound just outside of Brunswick, Georgia. I spent the morning on the beach at Jekyll Island and then headed over to the North Bank of the river adjacent to the bridge. The location where I shot the image used to be a ship manufacturing port during WWII, where they built “Liberty” Cargo ships. You can see in the image that there are concrete ramp beams that dive down into the river. This is where actual “Liberty Ships” were built and launched during the 1940’s. During the recent rise of the real estate market, a real estate developer tagged the location as “Liberty Harbor” and was constructing a waterfront neighborhood at this location. The model home was finished and the real estate market crashed – sending Liberty Harbor to the history books along with the shipyard. The model home still stands right behind where I was located in the shadow of the bridge, but it beginning to deteriorate and has been plagued with vandalism as well.
On this morning, I had a good amount of seasonal fog rolling through the tidal waters obscuring the bridge for a long period of time. I spent a good hour at this location watching the fog pass through allowing me to capture different images of bridge and river. I waited long enough for the fog to begin to break but was still diffusing the rising sun enough for the picture to work. Hope you enjoy…

Sidney Lanier Bridge and fog - Brunswick, Georgia © Rob Loughrey