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N 37 B 662 C 18 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 8 B 53 C 1 E Aug 25, 2014 F Aug 30, 2014
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N 36 B 1.3K 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

N 33 B 454 C 7 E Jul 30, 2014 F Aug 26, 2014
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Kansas City's Skyline image taken from the World War I Memorial lookout.

Tags:   Kansas City skyline city downtown Union Station KC Missouri HDR Canon slr 18-55

N 89 B 1.1K C 43 E Jul 5, 2014 F Aug 6, 2014
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I only had one morning in the Gorge when I visited Oregon this summer and I am already itching to get back. I hit Wahclella Falls very early in the morning and the place to myself as scrambled around in the water trying to find a comp I liked. Let me know what you think, happy Waterfall Wednesday

Tags:   Wahclella Falls Wahclella Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Wednesday Adam Potts Photorgraphy Pacific Northwest Oregon Waterfall


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