Floodgates open on Norfork Dam

Floodgates open on Norfork Dam

I have lived here for close to 3 years now, and have never had the opportunity to see the floodgates open on any of the local dams. We have had quite a bit of rain, and today the floodgates were opened. Around 4pm they opened the floodgates, and i heard about it through facebook. It was 9pm, and after a tense 30 min drive ( i am not sure how long the floodgates will remain open) we arrived. The roar of the water was loud enough that we could hear it as soon as we drove into Quarry Park. It was so dark by 9pm, that we could barely see it.          ...
Photographing Thunderstorms

Photographing Thunderstorms

  Warmer weather brings all the things that photographers typically love. The flowers are starting to come up and trees are quickly turning green. In this area of the country, it also brings the threat of severe weather. Photographing weather can be a challenging and fun pursuit, but I can also be very dangerous. Before discussing how to photograph storms, we need to spend a little time discussing safety. It is not really possible to take night shots of storms and lightning with out a tripod, and it should go without saying that standing next to a metal lightning rod (in this case: your tripod) and photographing a storm moving through the area is not a very good idea. Then, you still have to deal with strong winds, hail, tornados, and possibly flash flooding. This is one of those activities that you really should not try at home. Here are some stats about the dangers of being out in severe weather: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hazstats/sum13.pdf Lighting safety here: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/    Basically, if you can hear thunder you are in danger of being struck by lightning. But, I suppose, if you are like me… you cannot resist the temptation to try to get a few shots of a landscape with some lightning in it. Finding a location. Every storm is a little different, but the formula is fairly similar. I usually have best results after dark. I will watch the weather reports to see where the storm is and which way it is moving in from. Almost always the storms move from west to east here. So I am usually looking for some point...
Red Bank Access at night

Red Bank Access at night

Last summer we were out exploring the area, and stumbled across the ruins of an old house near Red Bank Access in Gamelia, Arkansas. I have been planning on going back to it to shoot the Milky Way rising behind it. Since there is almost no light there (and to the south of this location there is very little light pollution) this should be an absolutely stunning location for shooting the Milky Way. The old building and lake in the foreground will provide a nice anchor for the image and will add considerable interest to the milky way shot – at least that is what I hope. A friend approached me, and wanted get a few people together to go shoot, I suggested that we go to Red Bank. We had a favorable forecast, it was partly cloudy during the day, but the forecast was for clearing skies by 10 pm. We planned to shoot at 3 am, when the brightest part of the milky way would be at it highest point in the sky. During the day of, the forecast changed a little, calling for the clear skies to become partly cloudy at 3 am; so we moved up our shoot by an hour. As the night went it, it stayed pretty cloudy, and right around 1 am it cleared up. I arrived to the location right at 1 am. It looked awesome, I could see the Milky Way, and so I knew that it would photograph well. It had been almost a year since being at this location, and there was a TON of deadfall along the...
Highway 62 Bridge over Lake Norfork

Highway 62 Bridge over Lake Norfork

Looking back on my posts for the last few weeks, there is one very common thread – it is cold here. And, That won’t change with this post. I was out riding around the other day and stopped to make an image of Lake Norfork and the HWY 62 Bridge. This image was made with a Canon 6d + 17-40L set at 17mm. I used a B&W ND110 filter to get a 75 second exposure at f16. Processed in Lightroom 5...
Winter in the Ozark Mountains

Winter in the Ozark Mountains

Old man winter continues to pound us here in Northern Arkansas. We have accumulated a few more inches of snow over the last week,and there is more forecasted early next week. I am not sure when we will have the opportunity to fully dig out, but the roads were clearer today and we decided to see what we could see. This image is a HDR image made from 7 frames evenly exposed 1 EV apart. My EV 0 exposure was 1/60th of a second at f13. Canon 6d – 70mm lens....