Reflections on the South Branch

Reflections on the South Branch

Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA, Hunterdon County NJ

Angling the camera downward in portrait orientation allowed me to capture the reflecting colors of both the sky as well as the background foliage.

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High Point Monument and Observation Platform

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High Point Monument and Observation Platform
Sussex, New Jersey
The observation platform at High Point is located off the short but scenic driving loop. This is a very convenient way to get acquainted with High Point State Park, though not fully comprehensive of the diverse terrain to be found.
Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm lens

Autumn at Taylortown Reservoir


Autumn at Taylortown Reservoir
Montville, New Jersey
Driving the course of Boonton Avenue from downtown Boonton to its confluence in Butler with Kakeout Road is an easy and relaxing way to get to Route 23 in Morris County. I always like to admire the water and woods around Taylortown Reservoir while driving through.
Canon 5Dsr + Tamron SP 15-30mm vc

Autumn at Muriel Hepner Park

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Autumn at Muriel Hepner Park
Denville NJ
Taken prior to the recent deluge.
Canon 5Dsr + Tamron SP 15-30mm

Old Farmhouse in Autumn

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Old Farmhouse in Autumn
Hampton Township, New Jersey
I caught a glimpse of this rural decay from the road and decided to try to capture the scene.
Canon 5Dsr + Tamron SP 15-30mm VC

Autumn Morning on the Pochuck Boardwalk

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Autumn Morning on the Pochuck Boardwalk
Vernon, New Jersey
As seen recently from the Appalachian Trail. This section of the AT is great for a leisurely walk or photography.
Canon EOS M50 + EF-M 11-22mm lens

Landscape Photograph – Jonathan’s Woods in Autumn

This image is one of my favorite recent photographs.  It was taken on November 4th 2017 mid-morning on a bright overcast day.  This Autumn was not a colorful foliage season in my area but I was fortunate to come across a picket of golden hued Beech Trees whilst walking a wooded trail.  The trail is situated within Jonathan’s Woods in Rockaway NJ.

New Jersey Fine Art Landscape Photography by Dave Blinder

Jonathan’s Woods in Autumn. A wooded trail meanders through a pocket of vivid American Beech trees in November. New Jersey Fine Art Landscape Photograph from Rockaway Township by Dave Blinder.

My goal with this image was to capture a frame which a viewer could easily place themselves into.  I had quite an immersive nature experience on this pleasant walk with the fragrant smells of the deciduous forest, the earthy palette of the woodlands, and the slightest breeze on my face.  If this image is successful the viewer should also have an engaging exploration within the frame with no coaxing of words or other cues.  We shall find out when I print and exhibit the piece!

I should easily be able to make a 20″ x 30″ print from this full frame capture.  This wide angle perspective is brought to you by the Tamron USA SP 15-30mm VC lens.  A lens this wide gives an extremely broad perspective and will also make objects nearer to the camera appear larger.  This characteristic can be utilized by the landscape photographer to simulate three-dimensional space in a two-dimensional capture.  It helps the the Tamron 15-30mm is also exceedingly sharp.  Camera utilized was the Sony A7R which produces highly detailed and vivid images of my treks.

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New Jersey Nature Photography: Sweetgum Leaves

When shooting nature photography, it would seem that the best opportunities occur as far off the beaten path as possible.  However, with a lens with closeup functions it is possible to eliminate all context from a photograph.  Also, a telephoto lens can draw in far away scenery with no relation to where the photographer positioned his/her feet.  The photo in this post was actually taken in a Target parking lot in New Jersey… but who have guessed it?

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Drooping yellow and red leaves on a Sweetgum tree indicates oncoming cold weather. Photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One Lens and Canon EOS 50D.

Above photo taken with the Tamron 16-300mm VC All-In-One Lens and the tripod-mounted Canon EOS 50D DSLR.  Exposure settings: 1/8 F/10 ISO 100

New Jersey Landscape Photography: Lake Hopatcong State Park

I mistakenly left my treasured 82mm 10-stop Neutral Density filter at home today, par for my course.  However, I did bring along my newly purchased slim mount 82mm Polarizing filter.  The filter it replaced was not slim mount, causing noticeable vignetting at focal lengths under 28mm on my full frame camera.  No signs of darkening of the corners at 24mm today… yay!

Rainy and cool days are not necessarily my favorite days for nature photography, but then again it is still more bearable than an 85 degree summer excursion in New Jersey with our humid climate.  I liked the curvature of the stone retention wall in this scene, but I do feel the bright metal handrail is a bit overpowering.  Yes, I did arrange the leaves myself, thanks for asking!  Having taken several similar frames, I chose to process this one because I like the Mallard swimming by.

NJ Landscape Photo

Autumn leaves lead the viewer into the scene of a small canal in New Jersey. Taken with the Tamron SP 24-70mm VC lens and the Canon EOS 6D.

Exposure settings: 1.3s F/20 ISO 100, 24mm

Don’t Forget to Photograph the Small Things

This featured photo is from my most recent trip to Ricketts Glen State Park, a stunning place for nature photography.  With abundant waterfalls and silky streams, one can’t help but try to include as much scenery as possible in every frame.  I did shoot broad views of the falls and was thrilled with the results.  However, the range of captures shouldn’t end with the typical photos of the falls, there is a world of more intimate scenes that can hold their own as art.

Nature closeup photo of Autumn leaf

Closeup view of a fallen yellow Maple Leaf with softly running water below. Taken with the Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens for micro four thirds cameras.

Above photo taken with the tripod-mounted Olympus PEN E-PL3 camera and the Tamron 14-150mm All-In-One lens.  Exposure settings: 6s F/10 ISO 200