Saturday, October 27, 2012

Careful Photography

Driving along the road in the Shenandoah National Park this autumn there were many opportunities for photographic moments.  I eventually filled my memory card with an abundance of mountainsides and landscapes with distant vistas and I had to look elsewhere for creative vision.  I saw this lovely bed of dying ferns and stopped to take a photo.



Since this was a small hill at the side of the highway, I did not have to get too low to get the angle I wanted.  I hate giving others a good laugh as I try to pull myself up from the ground.  Many times photographers have to get down and dirty to create new angles in their photography. This time I only had to look up the hill at the side of the road to get the low angle that I wanted.




Later in the day I had to squat a little lower to get these sumac flower heads which are always reliable in fall when looking for red colors. Next I got down on my knees in the wet woods at Gettysburg battlefield to get the photo below.




But be careful...in spite of its dramatic beauty it is dangerous...this is poison ivy. I have to be even more careful and be sure to look up now and again because there are other dangers along the roadside.




Yes, it is blurry because I was having trouble concentrating.

16 comments:

Kat said...

Yikes! Careful! He is a big one! Whew!

Gorgeous pics, as usual. :)

Brian Miller said...

oh my...that is a big bear....had a couple bear run ins in my day....nothing too crazy but...

love the depth of color int hat first one...

and yes, please do...

Chris said...

What beautiful sightings!

joeh said...

Put down the camera and slowly back up! Damn that is a bigun!

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

Love your surprise ending!

Red said...

Very beautiful autumn scenes. You saved the bear until last to spook us!

Celia said...

Wild flowers and a wild bear, oh my.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Wow, what a special treat and you caught it on your camera. A lovely black bear -- of which I have never seen in real life. Lucky you. -- barbara

SueAnn Lommler said...

Oh my gosh...I would be shakey too!!
Fabulous shots by the way!!
Be careful!!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Dave King said...

Thanks for getting down to the small hill. It was more than worth the trouble. I find the image quite exceptional, more like a painting or a pastel than a photograph. Bravo you!

Peruby said...

Gawd - I hope that is a super zoom shot. I don't know if I could have managed it.

I ahem...understand what you mean by giving people a laugh. A lot of my lake pics are taken along a very busy highway and I try to time my rising from my stooping position when there is no traffic to witness this sad event.

Deborah Carr said...

Good thing you didn't have a supply of berries in your pocket! Lucky you to see the bear...as long as there was respectable distance and a nice zoom lens,that is.

Hilary said...

Wow what a handsome fellow... I can't imagine why you were having trouble concentrating. ;)

lime said...

bit of a surprise for sure. i'm sure it ran off pretty quickly though, no?

Linda Reeder said...

Lovely photos of the small things, and then that great big thing!

Bob Bushell (Male, I think) said...

Don't talk about the word "blurry", you can't say that because it's beautiful, you focus is perfect, keep them all like that.