Photo Essay: Blue Ridge Hunt (August 28, 2010)

The photo essay is posted at KLM Images.

An exercise in monochrome

The good and bad of misty mornings

Cubbing starts early in the morning to avoid as much of the late summer heat as possible.  The big challenge was to take effective pictures near dawn in low light and exceptionally heavy mist.  The Blue Ridge Hunt kennels are near the Shenandoah River at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the mist from the river was persistent. There were patches of dense fog just a few yards from bright sunlight.

One of the whippers-in was mounted on a grey horse that was exceptionally photogenic in the lighting conditions.  I took many shots (and published a few) exploring how much you could get out of essentially colorless scenes.  The lighting controlled which were silver and which were sage.

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Glad you’ve dropped by to take a look.

So why this blog, did you ask?  Well, I’ve been creating photo essays for my hunts and their associated activities for a few years, over at KLM Images.  I’ve been wanting to talk about it, not just show it, so it’s time for a blog.

The ecosystem in Virginia for sporting photographers is well-populated with many talented folks, and there are also many hunters and friends of hunting with budding photographic ambitions.  I learn from all of them and would like to provide a place for the discussion of some of the pleasures and challenges in what we do.

Three hounds of the Blue Ridge Hunt dance with delight to join the pack on a hunting morning


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