Category Archives: Shenandoah National Park

Milky Way Over Shenandoah National Park Virginia and Skyline Drive

Here is a view of the Milky Way over Shenandoah National Park just south of the tunnel along Skyline Drive. This was a crystal clear weekend night in February. The silhouette of the trees adds some scale to the view. I tried both “flashing” the trees and a simple silhouette, the silhouette won me over.

Can you find the Perseus Double Cluster, the Pleiades or Orion’s Belt in this image?

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Tech Spec: Single exposure, Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm lens, ISO 3200, 20 seconds (tripod mounted), f/4.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Upper Falls Area – Shenandoah National Park Waterfalls

This is an image I captured in February 2016 along the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail Loop (at mile marker 22.2) in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA. The Matthews Arm Campground gate was still closed for the winter, so we had to park on Skyline Drive and hike down to the trailhead, this added about 2 miles on the hike. The waterfalls were beautiful on this warm day with light traces of ice. I was not exactly sure what qualified as the “Upper Falls” so I’m calling this the Upper Falls Area.

Upper Falls Area – Shenandoah National Park Waterfalls

Upper Falls Area – Shenandoah National Park Waterfalls

Tech Spec: Photographed on February 27, 2016 using my trusty Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, two exposures from 1/4 second and 2 seconds using a #8 neutral density filter, f/22, ISO 100, lens set at 20mm.

…Tom

Beautiful Orion Over Skyline Drive – Shenandoah National Park

Beautiful Orion and the winter Milky Way rising over Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Photo taken on February 27, 2016 along Skyline Drive using a Canon 6D and Samyang 14mm lens, 20 second single exposure.

Orion and the winter Milky Way.

Orion and the winter Milky Way.

Clear skies!

…Tom

You can support LeisurelyScientist by the purchase of postcards - this is a FOUR postcard set featuring waterfalls from Glen Onoko, Pennsylvania.

You can support LeisurelyScientist by the purchase of postcards – this is a FOUR postcard set featuring waterfalls from Glen Onoko, Pennsylvania. These are custom made from photographs by Tom Wildoner – purchase price includes postage!

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The Road to Orion – Wide-Field Shot Along Skyline Drive

“The Road to Orion”, photographed in Shenandoah National Park on February 27, 2016 at the Thornton Hollow Overlook along Skyline Drive.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm, ISO 3200, 25 second exposure at f/2.8. Lighting supplied with a hand-held Yongnuo YN560-III-USA Speedlite Flash with an attached Neewer Pro Collapsible Octagon Studio Softbox Flash Diffuser.

"The Road to Orion"

“The Road to Orion”

Clear skies!

…Tom

Shenandoah National Park – Lands Run Falls Area

I completed a short hike along the Lands Run Falls area of Shenandoah National Park on February 27, 2016. Here are some photographs along with the technical details from this hike. The trail head is located at mile marker 9.2, Northern entrance.

Lower section of Lands Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park at mile marker 9.2 on Skyline Drive. Photo taken on February 27, 2016 using a Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens set at f/22 and 40mm, 4 second single exposure at ISO 100, tripod mounted.

Lower section of Lands Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park at mile marker 9.2 on Skyline Drive. Photo taken on February 27, 2016 using a Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens set at f/22 and 40mm, 4 second single exposure at ISO 100, tripod mounted.

Lower section of Lands Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park at mile marker 9.2 on Skyline Drive. Photo taken on February 27, 2016 using a Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens set at f/22 and 40mm, 4 second single exposure at ISO 100, tripod mounted.

Lower section of Lands Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park at mile marker 9.2 on Skyline Drive. Photo taken on February 27, 2016 using a Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens set at f/22 and 40mm, three exposures at 2.5, 1 and 1/3 second at ISO 100, tripod mounted.

Happy hiking!

…Tom

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