Let's Talk About Mornings - Some Where Down The Road


This post is going to be a light one. On Monday Aug 3rd I got up early and got out there and the results are in the pudding, as they say. The image above was just down the road from where I live. I have photographed this barn so many times in the past, in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and it seems that everytime I do, it changes, yet stays the same. It's just one of those locations that I love to shoot. Maybe it's the rolling hills or the way the barn sits on them or the position the sun rises over it all...I am not really sure, but I like it. In these first two images with the Orange sky I was using a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 17-55 - 2.8 Lens. I was hand holding two filters in front of the lens, one Amber Graduated Filter and a Orange Graduated Filter. I sandwiched them together and held them over the lens to knock down the intensity of the sun and give the sky some vibrant color. I could have use just a simple Grey Graduated ND filter but I wanted the color instead. I was not using a tripod and there was minimal editing to the images in Post Processing. The exposure was 1/160 sec @ F6.3 ISO 100 .

I absolutely love Mornings! There is something magical about the wee hours of the day. I think it's just before daylight when the true magic happens...that time when the sun is struggling to break the horizon and the night just won't let go, when the wetness is thick and the air is cool and the quiet cuts through the night like a blade...yeah, the mornings are the best for me. I can't remember a time when I hated to get out of bed to get out there. It's hot coffee, a sausage biscuit and a cooler of Mountain Dews and I am off!

There are so many things that I really love about Mornings.The way the light feels. Its tone and color, the smell of fresh cut hay and the weeds that are wet with the morning dew. I like to walk through the grass and fields of sage and feel the morning as I am shooting. I like to take part in the morning becoming day and capture the essence of how it all comes together. Natures little helpers, like the spider and Her web above, add a beautiful touch to the way Mornings evolve into the day to come. This finite design of the spiders web shows how truly well thought out this world really is. These tiny elements are passed over without a notice, yet they are the fabric of our world and there is no better time to become entwined with them than in the early hours of the day. The exposure here was F4 @ 1/800 sec -135mm focal length @ ISO 100 . Here I used a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens.

As the night releases its grip and allows the sun to take control the orange and yellow and red glow cross the sky like a beacon for all to see and enjoy. On many of these Summer mornings the light is filtered with a heavy fog. A mist that hangs in the air like a Winter coat on your shoulders. Your lungs fill with the cool air and the fog wraps itself around you and pulls you into the morning. It lingers like an old friend and hides the secrets the morning holds. This is why we must be out there, to catch the secrets, to see what morning has to reveal. Like the Kayak on the river above that seems to aimlessly move, dodging and darting here and there, only to disappear into the mist. The exposure here was F4.5 @ 1/640th sec @ ISO 100 @ 170mm focal length

I am constantly reminded of how fragile our world is and how incredibly beautiful Her little jewels are. The Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly is one of those jewels. Elegantly beautiful and delicate in form and movements. Its beauty comes in many shapes and forms. Just watch one for a few moments and you'll see what I am talking about.

They have seemingly no cares, yet they are constantly on the move, effortlessly in search of food and as they do so they are spreading the seeds of life. If you're ever in a sun-dappled woodland and a large, black butterfly with iridescent blue clouding flies by, it’s probably a Spicebush Swallowtail. Its distinctive caterpillars, with large fake “eyespots,” feed on spicebush and sassafras. The exposure on the Butterfly was F5 @ 1/160th sec @ 175mm @ ISO 100 - I was using a Nikon 70-200 - 2.8 I must say that I am a big fan of keeping things as simple as possible. I always say "Don't Complicate the uncomplicated".

I like to be organized and have somewhat of a plan even if that means I am forming the plan as I go. I primarily use 3 main lens. A Nikon 70-200 2.8 G II ED - A Nikon 17-55 2.8 G ED and A Tokina SD 12-24 F4 (IF), these lens cover the majority of the focal lengths I need for all my photography. At some point I am in hopes to acquire a Nikon 400 2.8. Until then, the 200 will have to do.

The best way for me to say hello is to do it through pictures, so I have posted a half Selfie here to do just that. In this image I am in a sage grass field shooting the Cobwebs, Sunrise and details you've seen in this post. Just down the road from here is the Cumberland River and I must say this is one of my favorite places to go. I live around 5 miles from this location, so traveling here is simple.

The cool mornings and sundrenched days of summers are the things I live to experience and as the seasons change, so does the landscape in this area. When that happens, it all changes and the dance starts over again. New opportunities for New Images and New Adventures present themselves as life goes on Somewhere Down The Road. Thanks for joining me for yet another adventure and the chance to share a little piece of my world with you.

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