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Curating My Travels #37: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
This National Park Service site preserves a 19th century rural “iron plantation”. The park has a large stone blast furnace, ironmaster’s house, blacksmith’s shop, company store and several worker’s houses. Although it’s located outside Philadelphia, I doubt many people know about this site. The area features fields, houses on hills and a close look at the more rustic early America. If you’re at all interested in blacksmiths or the 1800’s you should find your way here.
The National Parks #18: Guadalupe Mountains, Texas
Alright jenniferwylie23 be gentle, you have home field advantage and I shot all of these in one day.
That being said, I really like this park and it’s a shame that people drive by it on their way to Carlsbad Caverns. Despite its proximity to El Paso, Carlsbad and Las Cruces the visitation here is one of the lowest in the NPS. The park features the highest point in Texas, fascinating canyon trails, ruins and even trees that change color in autumn, unusual for this area of the country. Fall is the best time to visit for this reason.
The National Parks #17: Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee
Photographers from the west can’t photograph the east as well as they photograph the west. That might be an unpopular opinion, but it’s one I hold. The west is so photogenic and features distinct edges, colors and formations. The east on the other hand is intricate and complicated, yet subtle. There are no painted deserts or towering natural features in the east, but it changes dramatically with the seasons and even the time of day. All of the photos above were taken over the course of 48 hours and showcase just as many colors as the west, but in their environment you have to seek those colors, they are not handed to you.
Great Smoky Mountains is the best National Park in the east and while my photography of many parks isn’t exceptional, I’d argue that my images here are comparable to anyones. Growing up in the east I have ample experience photographing forests, rolling hills, layers of mountains and varieties of plants in a variety of conditions. This is the kind of experience that can’t be taught, only learned. While I love the west and deserts, forests are my heritage, and I like to think that my photos reflect that.
The National Parks #16: Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
While there are many popular sand dunes across the country, these are the tallest on the continent. The park is isolated between mountain ranges, but worth the long journey to reach them.
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This morning I hiked in Great Falls Park (the Virginia side) and took some iPhone photos around Mather Gorge. The gorge is named after Stephen Mather, first director of the National Park Service and my personal hero!
(also, the sign is in there because it always makes me think of the Headless Horsemen… don’t judge me!)
COMPOSITION! Look up composition online and study it. Rule of thirds is your best friend.
Beyond that, photograph everything; portraits, nature, performances, models, stars, sports, still life, etc… try anything and everything. That will teach you a lot about photography, and also expose you to new people/places/experiences that will give you opportunities to make money later.
You can always go to school, but avoid the Art Institutes because they rip you off. I joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer/journalist, but there are an unlimited number of ways to get into photography. Just come up with a plan and if that doesn’t work, try something else.
The National Parks #15: Grand Teton, Wyoming
The day I spent here was cloudier that I would have liked, but I think I still did a decent job with the photos. The Tetons are famous as perhaps the most picturesque mountain range in the world.
The National Parks #14: Grand Canyon, Arizona
I don’t know how anyone could take a bad photo of the Grand Canyon. It’s an icon, and deservedly so.
The National Parks #13: Death Valley, California/Nevada
After a string of less than inspiring photographs, from parks you’ve never heard of, I hope I can make it up to you with this batch. Death Valley is incredible and diverse. I’m very happy with my photography here and really hope you enjoy them. I don’t think I need to explain this place so I’ll make it brief: lowest elevation, hottest and easy to reach from southern California or Las Vegas.
The National Parks #12: Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
My last post has more than 700 notes (thanks by the way) but i’m confident this one will do significantly worse. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one you’ve likely never heard of unless you’re from eastern Ohio… even then maybe not. It’s less of a National Park and more of a snapshot of the east coast before cities and suburbs became the current landscape. It preserves beauty alongside farms, canals, vintage businesses, bridges and a number of other representations of small town life. That’s not to say it has nothing to offer the nature enthusiast, there are trails, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, swamps and rock formations worth visiting that will impress you more than you expected. That being said, it’s not as spectacular as most National Parks, but it is an important one.
The National Parks #11: Crater Lake, Oregon
I’ve only been to Crater Lake once, and as you can see it was really snowy so the loop road was closed. That’s why the photography here is so limited, but I think they’re good photos nonetheless.