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Botany Bay - Edisto Island - ACE Basin - South Carolina

This was a very memorable trip! Apart from a thousand mosquito bites, everything else went exactly as planned. Even though I wanted to get to this location as soon as possible, it was a good thing that I took the time to do some quick last minute planning before heading out. The enchanting half-mile stretch of beach where the dead trees are located is not exactly a walk up to location. Also, Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area seems to close frequently for days in a row, due to the various hunting activities here.

I planned for sunrise photography at this location, but still drove down to the area from Charleston on the afternoon I arrived, so I would not have trouble finding the beach in the dark. If you go, be careful driving down Hwy 17 while it’s dark, as there is lots of wildlife by the side of the road. Young deer sometimes wander onto the highway, during the quiet early morning hours.

Once you arrive at the entrance to the well hidden WMA, there is an electronic gate which is usually programmed to open between half an hour and one hour before sunrise. Once you arrive at the dirt parking lot, you will then walk about a half-mile to the beach. The walk is flat, but the green wetlands are very beautiful in their own right. While walking on the boardwalk in the dark, be careful not to step on any crabs, and I would recommend not petting any of the gators.

My one small regret is not photographing other compositions, especially isolating the small tree on the right in this image. These three trees are a favorite composition, and I thought the footprint detail and photographer on the left side of this scene added interesting elements to the shot. The photographer kept fairly still during this 210 second exposure, reinforcing my feeling that it is easy to become mesmerized by a composition here.

Tags:   botany bay beach edisto island ace basin south carolina charleston east cost atlantic ocean trees ocean sunrise light color long exposure nikon david shield clouds

N 235 B 3.0K C 91 E Jul 1, 2014 F Sep 14, 2014
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... National Building museum, DC

Tags:   DC Washington hipstamatic iphone maze black white bw noir mood moody dark darkness geometry

N 138 B 1.8K C 26 E Sep 18, 2014 F Sep 20, 2014
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Oneonta Gorge in the beautiful Columbia river Gorge, Oregon.

Tags:   DSC_5473-2 Oregon Water Fall Oneonta Gorge Creek Columbia River Gorge

N 41 B 853 C 19 E Sep 1, 2014 F Sep 1, 2014
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www.michelesonsphotography.com

Did a spot of waterfalling this weekend, and after a visit to the Falls of Hills Creek (very low flow there) I ran on down to Sandstone Falls on the New River in West Virginia. It was my first visit here, after having been on my list for quite some time, and it certainly lived up the the hype. What a powerful, amazing spot! The ability to get up close and personal with these falls is wonderful, if a little intimidating. Let's just say I was VERY careful of every step.

This area is part of the New River Gorge National River and is administered by the National Park Service.

I have a bit of personal history with this river, as I was part of a team that worked to identify the source of PCB contamination a few years back. This was my first time there as a photographer, and my visit will be the first of many. Just a scant 2 1/4 hours from home. Can't wait to go back! The skies weren't kind to me this visit - overcast with rain most of the time, but a bit of blue this morning as the fog cleared and before I hit the road to come home.

West Virginia is quickly stealing my heart...

Tags:   west virginia sandstone falls hinton waterfall new river reflections lee rrs new river gorge national river

N 36 B 1.6K C 30 E Aug 29, 2014 F Aug 29, 2014
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8/28-8/29 Polaris Star Trails - 10pm to 5am

701 images stacked: each at 30 seconds, ISO 800, 28mm, f/3.5. Had to remove 100+ images due to clouds and planes - unfortunately some of those images contained meteors.

See the cumulative stacking time-lapse here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPV5iaTVpA

The North Star (aka Polaris) is famous for holding nearly still in our sky while the entire northern sky moves around it. That’s because it’s located near the north celestial pole, the point around which the entire northern sky turns. Polaris is not the brightest star in the nighttime sky, as is commonly believed. It’s only about 50th brightest but is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor.

A star trail is a type of photograph that utilizes long-exposure times to capture the apparent motion of stars in the night sky due to the rotation of the Earth. Star trail photographs are possible because of the rotation of the Earth on its axis. The apparent motion of the stars is recorded as streaks. For photographers in the northern hemisphere, aiming the camera towards the north creates an image with concentric circular streaks centered around the north celestial pole. The North Star sits near the point of rotation for the axis of the Earth directly above the North Pole.

THANKS FOR VIEWING!

Tags:   Star Trails astrophotography North Star north celestial pole Polaris Ursa Minor


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