Jump off Interstate 81 onto Rt60 traveling east and you find yourself in some of the most beautiful country the state of Virginia has to offer. This route will take you through the town of Buena Vista and then up into a range of mountains where you can enter on to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s at this point where these infrared photos were captured. Virginia actually does a very fine job accentuating it’s landmarks and making them accessible to the public. The Buena Vista Overlook is one of those many state managed sites that allows easy, pleasant access to an amazing view overlooking endless rolling mountains. So kudos to Virginia on that point!
Although labeled Buena Vista Overlook Ive learned that this place is also referred to as The Humphreys Gap Overlook.
Conditions for traditional photography were not good at the time of my visit. It was mid day and the sun was high and bright in the south western sky on a hot muggy afternoon. I don’t know which aspect was more challenging, the sun being almost directly in front of me, or the heavy haze that hung over the mountain severely restricting the view.
This situation is exactly why being diverse and flexible is so important, especially in photography. Although the conditions were not so ideal for shooting traditional photography the conditions were near perfect for infrared photography with a modified DSLR.
So in infrared photography there are a few things that always help make a great image. Lots of sunlight, large well defined clouds and enough blue sky between those clouds to add heavy contrast to any photos captured.
Generally the more sun the better though it’s position has to be ideal. Shooting in the direction of the sun causes massive lens flaring, which can be desirable in some infrared photos though I was not looking for any lens flares on this shoot.
Luckily none of the photos I captured that day showed any lens flaring. The sun was still far enough off to the south that it did not interfere with the optics of my camera lens resulting in a few really nice infrared photos of the overlooking Humphreys Gap and the small town of Buena Vista Virginia.