September 17th, 2014
This was an interesting shoot for me a gorilla and her baby. The image goes to show that love transcends all creatures whether human or animals. It was shot at the zoo, unfortunately a safari is quite out the question for me right now. So this is as close as I can come to it.
I stood there with my tripod and camera in hand for quite awhile to see if this primate was going to move, it never did. Momma and baby well im not sure you can ever consider this youngster a baby were asleep, seeming oblivious to all that was going on around them. As they slept I just wondered how they did it. I know that when I sleep I toss and turn these two seemed content to just be there, together and asleep.
It took quite awhile for me to get the shot I wanted framed in. What you cant see is they were about 50 feet in the air with nothing below them. Safe and secure nested in a tree. It is an art in my opinion to sleep in a tree and not fall out. Had it been me I would have been ground bound.
I shot this photograph with my 70x300 lens. I was close but not all that close. There really was no special setup or lighting required, it was really just a matter of getting the right angle the right timing and shoot. Sometimes the best images are the ones that not a lot of extras are required. That was the case with this shoot. Sometimes fine art photography requires nothing more than being at the right place at the right time frame and shoot. This is a prime example of just that. Pics like this are fun you do not have to really over think the shot and still make a classic image.
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September 17th, 2014
The New River Gorge is in the heart ofWest Virginia. New River Gorge is also home to some of the country's best whitewater rafting. The focus of this rafting is in the New River Gorge from the Cunard put-in to the Fayette Station take-out. The river levels for the New River Gorge and most other major whitewater rivers in the United States can be checked at American Whitewater.
Interesting enough at this landing the water is relatively calm on this fall day as you can tell by the photograph. Look upstream though not so much class 2 and 3 rapids grace the outskirts of the landing. The New river area truly could be the model for the land before time. The area is home to over 63 different endangered and rare mammals and 48 different rare and endangered amphibians, and 54 varieties of rare plants. One of the reasons the animals continue to thrive here is because the terrain is so rugged that man has a difficult time developing the land here. Fall is absolutely the best time for scenic pics.
Fossils in this area are not difficult to find and it is said that the area contains the best smokeless coal in the world. This coal was the coal that used to fuel the iron furnaces, trains, fleets and industry. It took years for me to learn that not all coal is the same. Functionally it is but the quality and smokeless varieties vary from area to area.
The area continues to grow due to erosion from the river as it does the gorge gets deeper and exposes more of its secrets. It is an amazing place to spend time, explore, and get back in touch with what was the wild frontier in America.
Art is not easily created or captured, it is a creative process of the soul, this holds true for fine art photography as well.
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