Fog Between the Appalachian Mountains

fog between the mountains In my formative years as a photographer I was always very impressed by the work of Robert Llewellyn
Mr. Llewellyn’s work has a incredibly clean look and his photographs of Albemarle County in Virginia (home of Monticello and the University of Virginia )are particularly favorites of mine. His aerial work of Central Virginia has a fresh sense of color and possibility. He captures the feel of an early mountain  morning like few can.  (please see more text and second photo below) fog over dcl I always urge the photographers I teach and coach to develop their own style and approach yet I think all the artists I have worked with would admit after a beer or two that while they have their own style but there is a little bit of some of their favorite painters or photographers in their work.

That is definitely the case for me as  Robert Llewellyn’s work left an impression on the way I look at things. Perhaps  that is why I love the early morning mountain sunrises over the Appalachians in Western Maryland or over any mountains that run along the Eastern U.S. I love the look of the layers of fog between the ridges.

Both these photos were shot above Deep Creek Lake earlier this spring shortly after dawn. It is an incredible view every day but it is extra special on the mornings when the mountains are enveloped  with fog.

What photographers or artists have influenced your work?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Rob


  1. Stunning photos. 😀
    I went to an exhibition of Annie Lebowitz in Vienna and was blown away by her work. But she hasn’t really influenced me. I love Ansel Adams’s work as well. As for influences I love looking at other bloggers and get ideas on editing but try to go my own way. I have always been interested in post production editing anyway – I was the only one doing that in the camera club I belonged to in Austria. I had an exhibition of my work in 1995 -6 in Innsbruck with great reviews. Actually the biggest influence on my work is a couple of photos of my parents taken by a generic high street photographer in black and white and then the colour was painted on. The photos would have been taken back in the late 50’s, early 60’s. I looked up to them all my life and was fascinated by technique. Strange I know. 😀


  2. If you really look at each human being as a painting you will see the paint strokes of the masters at whose feet they sat, but if you really look deeply into the subject matter they now choose you will see the defining moments of those lives whether that is the war, the Great Depression, an artist who moved them at a key moment, whatever it was that melted it altogether into a single thought; even broken people have a song to sing. It must be so amazing to be there when people are at the moment when they discover that, produce that photograph that brings that altogether for them.

    Robert Francis, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Van Gogh, Ansel Adams


  3. Thanks so much for your kind words!

    Jay Maisel is one of my favorite street photographers He has shot some incredible street photos in New York among other things. He is a great speaker too if her ever comes to Minneapolis.

    In short, in the United States, as long as your are in place that is clearly defined as a public place you can photography pretty much anything. Public would not include things like shopping malls, the inside of buildings, hotels etc. If you use photos with people for a commercial or advertising purpose (like promoting a product) then you typically have to have the permission of any recognizable people in the photo. Again in some cases it can get more complicated.

    As far as taking street portraits and street photos in general it all depends on your comfort level. If you are subtle and no one knows you have a camera you probably would not need to ask, but if you were being more obvious it would probably be a good idea to ask first. Usually if someone does not want you to take their picture they will let you know pretty quickly. There are ways to hold your shorter lenses and take photos so it is not as obvious or you can stand back with a longer lens and as you can imagine, using a flash would not be advised most of the time.

    Of course it all depends on where you are. If I see something incredible taking place in front of me I always take the photos and ask questions later. The problem usually is not taking the photo but what you are going to do with it later. The only exception to this would be if you are clearly standing on private property or standing in a high government security area with a camera. That can be a problem if you do not have permission to be there, believe me! Even when I was a working photojournalist I was escorted from several places where I thought I was fine to take photos but a police officer or security guard saw it otherwise.

    As a practice, even if I know I have a right to be there, I try to avoid arguing with people who carry weapons or officers who could place someone in a jail cell.

    If I feel strongly about it I will contact the person in charge of PR for the location later and ask them to clarify their policy and politely make my case for why I should be there.

    Oh, one other thing, if you ever shoot portraits of clients in a National Park, usually you will have to pay for a permit. Many county and local parks are following suit on this as they see it as a cash cow. Its a good thing to be aware of as technically National Park Police can remove you from a park if you do not have a permit for a commercial shoot.

    Here is another post about how Jay works


  4. The fog and the mountains, go so well together! And the color, sort of a peachy tone, just lovely. Im sure your photos are just as wonderful as Mr. Llewelyns. I looove Ansel Adams and am amazed what he captured back in the 30’s and 40’s. I also love street photography but am afraid to take people’s pics don’t know. Do you know the rule on that?


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