Almost Heaven Month: Photo Detail of Elakala Falls, West Virginia

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While standing in the water taking this photo, I was also mesmerized by some of the details of the Elakala waterfall.  Sometimes, the little details can be just as charming as the whole. And pausing to admire the details can be a valuable lesson for us this month.

Title: Elakala Falls III – Close
Info: Nikon D7000, Nikkor VR 18-200mm lens. F/8, 8 seconds, ISO 400.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia, USA.

For more photos and stories from this trip:
http://www.elevenshadows.com/travels/westvirginia2012/

 

 

Almost Heaven Month: Elakala Falls, West Virginia!

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For this photo, it was time to get wet. All five legs in the water (I’m counting the tripod here, don’t worry). This is Elakala Falls. As it turns out, Elekala Falls has three falls sections, each one apparently progressively more difficult to access, according to our West Virginia waterfalls book that Lisa found. These are only of the upper, most accessible falls, a short distance from the lodge.Title: Elakala Falls II
Info: Nikon D7000, Nikkor VR 18-200mm lens. F/11, 6 seconds, ISO 400, Feisol tripod. I took this photo while standing in the pool.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia, USA.

 

 

January is Almost Heaven Month! Photo: Blackwater Falls, West Virginia

January is West Virginia Month!  We’ll kick it off with arguably their best known geographic feature, the amazing Blackwater Falls.

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Title: Blackwater Falls I
Info: Nikon D7000, Nikkor VR 18-200mm lens. F/11, 1.3 seconds, ISO 200.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia, USA.One of the largest and best-known falls in West Virginia, the image of this waterfall can be found everywhere, from keychains to shirts to jigsaw puzzles.

 

 

Water Under the Bridge – The Pride of West Virginia

January 2013 is West Virginia Month!  Happy New Year!!!!

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New River Gorge Bridge

I really thought I had posted this photo from last year, but no.  In fact, there’s a number of photos from West Virginia that I didn’t post, so I’ll try and get on that.
This photo was taken on a very bright day.  And honestly, I didn’t have much hope for it.  The glare was quite bright, and it was in the middle of the afternoon.  However, my girlfriend, who is from West Virginia, really wanted me to work on this to have it come out good, so I wrestled it to the ground in Photoshop and came up with this.  And oddly, many people really seem to like it and have ordered prints from my photo store on ImageKind.
Title: New River Gorge Bridge
Location: New River, West Virginia, USA
Stuff: Nikon D90, 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens
Photographer: Ken Lee

The New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia. With a length of 3030 feet (924 m), it was for many years the longest steel arch bridge in the world. It is now the third largest arch bridge in the world, and still the longest in the Western Hemisphere.

 

 

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful

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The Shimmering Expanse

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

by Norman Vincent Peale

Title: The Shimmering Expanse
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens, two Tiffen 0.9 neutral density filters, F/32, 10-second exposure, ISO 200, taken New Year’s Eve 2011.
Location: Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County, California, USA

Adam and his son gazing out at the crescent-shaped bay at Goat Rock Beach, watching the sun set for the last time in 2011. This photo uses the same long exposure technique as described above.See all photos on my travel blog:
http://elevenshadows.com/travels/sonoma2011/Want to find out more about how this long exposure photo was achieved?
https://kenleephotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/featured-photo-sonoma-coast-fun-with-long-exposure-photography/

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116

 

Photo: Liquid Velvet

Liquid Velvet

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Title: Moss Creek

Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod, f/11, B+W 1.8 (six-stop) neutral density filter, ISO 100, 30-second exposure
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Davenport, California, USAThe 30 second long exposure creates a misty, ethereal effect due to the water’s movements. This was taken with me and the tripod in the creek, looking back up at the tunnel.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, B+W 1.8 (six-stop) neutral density filter, Feisol tripod.

 

Photo: Mystical Gnomad in the Forests of Los Angeles!

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Title: Mystical Gnomad
Info: Nikon D7000 and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 136 second exposure, f/18, ISO 200. Light painted with an Energizer headlamp and blue electroluminescent wire.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: deep within the mystical forests of Los Angeles, where the gnomes gather

I love garden gnomes.  What can I say?

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116

 

Photo: Wat Thai Buddhist Temple, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

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Wat Thai Buddhist Temple monks praying.  Photo is iso 500 1.6 second exposure, f/9 to blur the monk in the back, capturing some of his motion.

As in any large city, there are fantastic things for you to explore and photograph.  We have an enormous Thai temple here in the north part of Los Angeles, and photographers and visitors are always welcome.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116

 

Photo: Sunrise on the Spire – The Amazing Secret Coastline of Los Angeles

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This holiday week, if you’re in Southern California, think about how lucky you are with the weather.  And if you’re visiting, enjoy a visit to the coast!!

Title: Sunrise on the Spire I
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with B+W 1.8 ND filter. ISO 100, 10 second exposure, f/11.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116