Scouting Report: Stony Man Nature Trail and Summit

Stony Man is a popular place around sunset or anytime of day for that matter. This trail is very near Skyland and an easy hike leading to a spectacular view of the Shenandoah Valley. The ease of the hike and the great view are two contributors to the popularity of this spot. The big draws…

Scouting Report: Overall Run Falls

Last Thursday I went to Shenandoah National Park to check out Overall Run Falls. At 93 feet this is the highest waterfall in the park. Before you get to the viewing area for the big falls you come to two smaller falls that you can see through the trees. I opted to not take a…

Soft Light vs. Hard Light

Before we start, we should have a definition of both soft and hard light: Soft Light – light from a source that has been diffused in some way creating low contrast and soft edged shadows or the complete absence of shadows. Think about the light of an overcast day. Hard Light – direct light from a source that creates…