A Blue Ridge mountain sunset, shot from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Roanoke.
Fog greeted me early Sunday as I headed out on the Blue Ridge Parkway for an extended ride down into North Carolina for breakfast. By lunch, I was off the Parkway and into West Virginia for an afrernoon meal at Pipestem State Park.
By day’s end, I was back on the Parkway and the sunset, again in North Carolina, provided another view. Both photos were enhanced with Photoshop.
Often, someone will come up at a sporting event or other activity and say something along the lines of “I wish I had a camera like yours so I could take photos like you.”
I try to explain that the quality of photography is not determined by the equipment that a photographer uses but by the eye that looks through the viewfinder and composes the photograph.
Yes, I use professional-level digital single-lens-reflex Canon cameras and lenses for most of my photographic work but — when riding on my motorcycle or just tooling around for everyday life — I usually depend on an aging Canon G9 “point and shoot.”
But I left the G9 at home Saturday when I ventured out on the Harley and came across this vista as the clouds from a rainy and cloudy day finally broke.
So I reached into my pocket and pulled out a Droid X wireless “smartphone” and snapped away.
The results are so pleasing that I may leave the G9 home more often.
The Droid recently replaced the Blackberry that has been part of my life for more than a decade. Besides an 8 megapixel camera, it also offers 720p high definition video and I plan to try out that capability over the next few days.
With everything that has happened lately, I took a pre-dawn ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway to think and reflect.
As daylight and dawn approached, the beauty of our area emerged.
It also reminds me that I have neglected my photography for far too long. It’s time to get back to what I enjoy doing most and finally start to enjoy some of that relaxing life of retirement that we came here nearly six years ago to embrace.