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Josh Carlisle
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Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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Cape Cod, MA - Near Provincetown

A couple springs back on the way up to Acadia National Park I decided to stop over in Cape Cod to see what all the hubbub was about. Absolutely beautiful vacation country and some gorgeous (and expensive!) ocean front views but as I walked the beaches one early stormy morning I found I wasn't any more inspired then by the likes of North and South Carolina beaches. I was hoping for something to stand it apart as a "Cape Cod" beach similar to the rocky shores of Acadia or the bone beaches of South Carolina. As I walked on however I grew to really enjoy it's simplicity and solitude and I wanted to capture that feeling. As a landscape photographer you can become very focused on capturing everything and having lots of "interesting" subject matter for the eye to enjoy but minimalistic shots can be just as striking and interesting and often times easier on the eye - setting a calming mood and theme.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

#landscapephotography   #beaches   #capecod  
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Rickets Glen State Park - Pennsylvania

Anyone getting tired of winter bleakness and dead trees? I always start looking for color in my Lightroom catalog this time of year and there was no shortage of it at my trip to Rickets Glen a couple years back. At one point in time I wrote down the name of each one of the wonderful waterfalls I shot at Rickets Glenn last year with my good buddy +Robert H Clark  back in Fall 2013 but the name of this one escapes me. I was very much looking forward to making this trip after seeing so many beautiful shots of the waterfalls of this state park. All the years I lived up in PA (albeit on the other side of the state) I never made it out. I think another trip there is due soon!

I find getting close to the water (and sometimes into it!) really opens up composition opportunities when it comes to waterfalls. In this case it's pretty evident what I was going for - swirls! The current coming off the waterfall in combination with fall colors, milky water, and green moss made this a lot of fun to shoot!

#landscapephotography   #waterfall   #fallcolors   #photography  
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park

If you can handle the crowds and traffic the summer is a great time of year to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not quite as crazy as the Fall so it's a bit more bearable and a little cooler at the upper elevations. And in spots like this shot the sun's alignment can mean a really nice composition between the mountains for a sunset. I believe this is Pigeon Forge Overlook but unfortunately I didn't have my GPS plugged in for the day so I'm going from memory a bit. I had taken several exposures trying to get a nice sun star along with some color in the clouds. This was my favorite of the set.

I can still hear +Alistair Nicol  chanting "ohh boy ohhh boy ohh boy" a few feet from me as the sunset started to shape up and +Tommy White  saying "Golly" with enough passion to easily rival Gomer Pyle haha. I'm known to get rather excited as I see things start to shape up as well - actually I have to keep myself in check or I get so distracted I do things like shooting epic sunsets in 6400 ISO (this wasn't one of those times haha). Saying that it's fun to shoot with other kindred spirits to share the moment with. If you don't get excited over a good sunset you need to reach a little deeper inside to get in touch with your inner child to appreciate the simple things in life a bit more 

  #travelphotography   #northcarolina   #landscapephotography   #greatsmokymountains   #nationalpark  
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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

On the northern side of Nova Scotia lies Cape Breton Island. A very scenic high country of Nova Scotia that has winding roads, small mountain overlooks, rocky coasts, meandering streams, and if you're lucky enough to visit in the fall - more color then you could possibly imagine! This shot was taken from the eastern side of Cape Breton Island on one of the many overlooks as I headed to Louisbourg. This shot is of Otter Harbor near Seal Island Bridge. We had been walled in by fog most of the morning with no ideas of the views that surrounded us until the sun began to burn off to reveal the country side. Needless to say I made a few stops this day and didn't arrive in Lousibourg until well after dark.

Nikon D800
Nikon 70-200 F2.8


#novascotia   #capebreton   #fallcolors   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography  
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Louisbourg Lighthouse, Cape Breton Nova Scotia

This is #3 for the B&W Photo Challenge from Michael Greene  I know I'm not exactly hitting the 5 photos in 5 days but I'm trying to keep with the spirit of the challenge 

Remnants of a hurricane were starting to make their way to NS by the previous evening. When we arrived at the Louisbourg lighthouse we were greeted with 20 and 30 foot swells smashing against the shore line which made for quite a show! Along with the waves the wind and fog horn made for quite an interesting environment to shoot in. This shot is from the next morning when I returned to some very slightly calmer conditions but still pretty dramatic none the less. About 10 feet from where I shot this the electronic fog horn droned on every few seconds which was loud enough that I ended up stuffing some lens wipes into my ears to keep my sanity (and my hearing). Some of the larger waves were still making it almost to the tip of the small trail you see in the right hand of the shot which made water spray a challenge but gives you some reference point for some of the immensity of the waves. They had closed the area the previous morning so I can only imagine the size then. I was thankful I remembered to pack the waterproof camera covers.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70, B&W CPL
Exposure: F/11, 1.6 seconds, ISO 80
Processing: Nik Silver Efex B&W Processing, dust removal and sharpening in Lightroom.

#landscapephotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #lighthouse   #novascotia  
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* B&W Photo Challenge - Day #1 - Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia *

I apologize to all my G+ friends I'm always so neglectful  posting over here.  For good or bad I do spend most of my time over in Facebook so feel free to friend or follow me over there (http://www.facebook.com/joshcarlisle) to stay current. Saying that I will continue to try to remember to keep this updated :)

I thought I would be able to get under the radar of all my photography friends with the whole B&W Challenge business going around but Michael Greene  caught me being low key and tagged me. Luckily on my recent trip to Nova Scotia I made an attempt to get out of my comfort zone a bit and go for perspectives and approaches that I would not normally go after. I've got a ton of photos from from that great week but this will be my first to share. My inspiration for this comes from my friend +Athena Carey a fabulous photographer whose B&W & long exposures work inspires me and usually leaves me in complete awe! 

This is a shot of the ever popular Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia. Although this is a working fishing village it's also a very popular tourist destination (think hundreds of  people and dozens of buses) and I swear they keep all these fishing boats and gear laying around just for us photographers! My father and I had arrived just a couple hours before and we had very little time before the sun made an exit. The current against the boat line caught my eye on this one and became my focal point for this shot. 

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70, B&W CPL
Exposure: F/8, 10 seconds, ISO 250 (tweaking the ISO to avoid too much movement of the boat but still getting water movement which is hard to do on a 10 second exposure hehe)
Processing: Nik Silver Efex Pro

#photography   #novascotia   #peggyscove   #bwphotography   #fishing  
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At Peggy's Cove Lighthouse read to rock the sunset with some timelapse to boot!

#novascotia #photography
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Shooting a sunrise this morning from 10k feet :) having fun playing around with the #sony a6000. What a great little camera!

#photography #travel
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Off to Nova Scotia

Busy day getting ready for my Nova Scotia trip and working up to the last minute. Always fun. All packed though. It sure is nice not to have to deal with any camping gear as my bag already weighs in at 48 pounds (not of course including my 25 pound camera bag) leaving me just enough room to bring back some T-shirts for the kids  With huge temperature variations ranging from the high 30s to the mid 60's it's forcing me to bring a little more then I usually would.

That 25 pound camera bag also makes me really think about some of the advantages of the new mirror-less systems like the Sony A7R, especially with some of the nice new FE glass like the Sony 16-35. Keeping a very close eye out for the rumored new Sony body coming out after the new year. Can't imagine I wouldn't be shaving off at least a third of that weight going mirror-less with no or negligible compromises (other then maybe my calf size after long trips haha).

#photography   #travel   #novascotia   #capebreton  
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The Narrows at Zion has been on my list for a few years now. On my last trip to Zion I couldn't fit it into my schedule and I still regret it. I won't make that mistake on my next trip. I was thinking about it just the other day as my buddy +Robert H Clark was posting some shots from his recent trip so I was sad to see this news from Zion National Park this morning that they recovered the body of a hiker in the Narrows. My heart goes out to his family. Hopefully the NPS will release some details on this tragedy so we can learn from it and hopefully prevent a repeat. 

http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/hikerfoundnarrows.htm
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