Here are few photos from my trip to Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland during March. It was really cold outside, and I decided to try star photography by heading towards the Island around 3.00 in the morning. This is one of the places in east coast of US which is away from city lights where you can sometimes watch the even watch Milky Way rising. There was bit of moon still hanging around the night reducing the shininess of the stars, but I still decided to give star photography a try and possibly hang around the Island for finding some sunrise photographs. Even though the stars where feeble due to moonlight, I was able to witness a beautiful sunrise with exploding colors over the high clouds.
My first attempt to shoot the star trails, over the Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. Hoped for a better starry night, but clouds and the moonlight pretty much ruined it though.
Since those stars weren’t that shiny, I just waited for another hour in the freezing cold for the dawn. When the first light of morning rays showed it was beautiful with vibrant colors.
Took another shot from the same location, but with even better vibrant tones exploding over the high clouds and it’s reflections over water.
While I stayed for few more minutes to watch the free roaming wild horses over the island, just realized I was hearing their noises all over the night accompanying my photography experiments.
It’s always hard to wake up early in the morning and get out for the sunrise… It will get more tricky when it is too cold outside during the winter days. It seems like the trees without leaves adds a bit more character and beauty when mist is hanging around the lake or when morning sun lights up the trees from the side. Drinking a warm coffee and watching the sunrise with the chirping birds is no less than epic that I generally dream and don’t care to wake up, These are some of the photos from my morning walks around the Marsh Creek state park during sunrise, where I actually won over my laziness .
Abstracts created by Ice
Sometimes, chilly mornings of Jan/Feb months will give opportunities to capture ice formations over the water near the shore line on days where temperature falls sub-zero. These are photos that were framed with my telephoto lens. It’s quite interesting and a time passing job wandering close to the lake to find abstract compositions with layers of transparent ice over the water. If you are lucky you will find a leaf or a small branch that got trapped within ice, creating a beautiful abstract subject against pitch black water surface. Once the sun shows up, the icy layer above the water starts to melt down, and it will be all just water soon. I was freezing, but managed to get away with a few cool abstract photographs even though there weren’t any branches or green leaves that I could find inside the water frozen by the ice.
Waiting for the sunset
Here are a few more photos from the Marsh Creek Park that was shot during sunset. What really pulled me into the first photo was the contrast created by the last bit of sunlight over the woods that was lighting up a small patch of yellow leaves left over from fall season. Along with the light, reflections on the water made the scene quite photogenic. When the blue hour started, a flock of Canadian goose just flocked into the lake for me to pack up the day…
And this blog post is no different. It’s just the obvious shot of the Niagra falls, that you find everywhere in the internet, that everyone have on their phone. Still, ‘Cave of the winds’ and ‘maid of the mist’ are the other obvious things worth trying in the Niagra Falls state park if you consider yourself as a tourist. The sound and feel of the water when you go close to the bottom of the American Falls is something I quite enjoyed.
Two times I have been there, it’s hard to find something that’s worth a portfolio image. All I find is people taking their own selfie. I can not cross the US border to get the wide angle view of Horseshoe falls either. So this is one of the trips, where camera either stays inside the bag, or in the car itself. When the lights are on after the sunset, I thought of trying a horizontal pano with three images(which I have never tried before), and a wide angle shot of the same composition.