Spring has sprung and we are preparing for the spring photo walks, travel, events and shooting in beautiful weather. Soon flowering trees will present themselves in full array of pastel color. We at HDRCHIC are still completing our fall and winter images with folders of unposted work so we are taking a look back to share before going forward to spring.
In the Wilderness, Falling Into Infinity*
The Wilderness Battlefield in Fredericksburg, Virginia is a wonderful place for photographing trees in any season. Fall is especially beautiful for the colorful foliage, long and tall views of the trees from every angle. As you trek through the woods they present views of infinity and beyond which beckon you to press further into the forest not knowing what delightful view is ahead. The Civil War battlefields, Rappahannock River, forests and historical architecture of Fredericksburg offer wonderful subjects for HDR and landscape photography.
* Photography: Jay&Jacy Photography, Art on Canvas Series, American Civil War
Virginia has amazing history and is perfection for any photographer of American history. As we travel across Virginia, we are documenting in photographs historical places and landscapes and the incredibly beautiful Montpelier Station in Orange County is a favorite area to visit in any season. Every season offers new photographic opportunity from breathtaking fall foliage to winter snow landscapes, summer days of beautiful flowering trees, foliage and flowers. For historic architecture, it is a treasure trove of wonderful subjects. The Montpelier Station Depot in its yellow-orange color was stunning against the fall foliage backdrop and during the snow season, an excellent candidate for HDR in black-white photography. This image is part of our “Virginia Art on Canvas Series.”
“Montpelier Station is a historic railroad depot built in 1910 to serve as a freight and passenger depot for William DuPont’s Montpelier estate. Montpelier, which is better known as James Madison’s home is now run by The Montpelier Foundation, a non-profit foundation which has refurbished the small Southern Railway station. It became an exhibit to James Madison’s Montpelier Estate in 2010.”
In our historic and architectural photography work we have documented our beautiful historic town of Winchester, Virginia (circa 1732) which is under now under restoration including the famous “Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall.” We have been documenting the city for the last ten years including photo walks and historic events. This image depicts it now and is a part of our Historic Winchester Art on Canvas Series in HDR.
The mall houses many of our historic buildings including our Old Court House Civil War Museum (1852) which has been wonderfully captured by Mort Kunsler in his beautiful painting “After the Snow.” [See our earlier posts of this historic city for our courthouse and civil war images.]
“Winchester and Frederick County was once Shawnee Indian camping grounds to which Pennsylvania Quakers came to settle in 1732. The town was named Frederick Town after Frederick, father of George III of England. In 1752 the name was changed to Winchester in honor of the ancient English capital. In the mid-1700’s, Frederick County became the military and political training ground for George Washington, who came here at the age of sixteen to survey the lands of Thomas, the Sixth lord Fairfax. Washington built Fort Loudoun during the French and Indian War and, at twenty-six, was elected to his first public office as the county’s representative to the House of Burgesses. During the Revolutionary War, Daniel Morgan’s Rifleman from Frederick County were among the first who came to Washington’s aid against the British. Winchester was a strategic prize of great importance during the Civil War. The area became the scene of six battles during the Civil War, and the city itself changed flags around seventy times during the four year conflict. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson demonstrated his military leadership in the Valley Campaign.” 1/