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COUNTRY ROADS

COUNTRY ROADS
Photograph and text by SCOTT RAMSEY

GRAND-PRIZE PHOTO:

"Diamond on the Blue Ridge Parkway"
The Event: The solar eclipse of
August 21, 2017, dubbed "The Great
American Eclipse" was a total eclipse
visible within a band that spanned
the entire contiguous United States,
passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Prior to this event, no solar
eclipse had been visible across the entire contiguous United States since June
8, 1918. My photo was taken on August
21, 2017 at Mile High Overlook on the
Blue Ridge Parkway at approximately
2:30 in the afternoon. I had scouted the
parkway for several days prior to the
event in search of a location that would
incorporate both the sky and the parkway. I knew the final image would involve a composite of two photos since
most lenses used for landscapes, due to

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their wide angle of view, will make objects such as the sun and moon appear
very small. I wanted the final image to
appear just like you would see it if you
were there.
Set-up/Equipment: I used two
different lenses, one for the landscape
and one for the eclipse. The landscape
image was taken with a 14mm f/2.8
lens at 1/4000 shutter speed, f/11,
ISO 100. The eclipse was taken with
a 250mm f/3.5 lens at 1/320 shutter
speed, f/5.6, ISO 100. Both images were
taken with a Nikon D610 DSLR. The
landscape shot was taken with a wideangle lens prior to the event when
conditions were brighter in order to
get a wider point of view and capture
the most detail. The solar eclipse was

taken with a telephoto lens so that the
sun would appear its normal size. The
two images were later merged.
Winning Image: This photograph
won Best in Show at the 15th annual
Appalachian Mountain Photography
Competition at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Out
of a total of 1,083 entries, 56 images
were selected as finalists and displayed
at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
at Appalachian State. The winners were
announced April 20, 2018. This competition provides both amateur and
professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their interpretation
of the unique character, people, places,
and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians.


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