Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Photographic Journey

Posted January 10, 2008

Have you ever seen clouds race across a bright moon on a cold and windy January night? I did a few years ago walking into work here at WRAL. It was a spectacular sight but I didn't have my camera and tripod with me. Opportunity lost.

Fortunately I did have my pocket camera recently while hiking the Bluff Mountain Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County. The sky was a playground of clouds and light. The scene inspired me to come up with a slideshow and Winter Skies Photo Contest.

Please check out the contest and slideshow in the Don't Miss It section of

We have some terrific entries so far. Please keep these marvelous works of art coming. The contest doesn't end until February starts so you have plenty of time to wow us.

Also, I would like to open up the following discussion: what was your most interesting experience as a photographer? Was there one time you really wished you had a camera and didn't? Please weigh in.


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Travised Jan 14, 2008

    Guy, I know the feeling. I was outside after a concert and was able to see both ends of a rainbow. Only problem was it was closer then desired. I would have needed a 18mm or so to get the range.

    As I did then, I carry my CIR-PL and ND filters. I expanded my ND library to include a range up to a 2.8 from Hoya (their ND400) when I was shooting lunar more often. Most rookies forget to buy the ND's. I learned early on that I needed much more than the 0.3 in beach and skiing conditions.

    One of my odd shots was catching a water drop from a fire fighting plane before the drop hit the lake when they were training.

  • bleslie Jan 11, 2008

    Travisdog - sorry for the delay on the contest winners. Bad cold this week. I will definitely get them out next week. Thanks.


  • travistravisdog Jan 11, 2008

    What about the "Water Warrior" and "Year Ahead" winners?

  • guyfisher Jan 10, 2008

    Smoky Mountains - 1992 - Double Rainbow: Good news, I had my camera. Bad news, my polarizer was in the hotel. I took an okay picture but sure wish I had that polarizer in my pocket!

  • bleslie Jan 10, 2008

    I've had fortune and misfortune with rainbows. My best image came from St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park in 1996. I put it on the cover of the "Grace in Stone" album by Bragh Adair.
    My favorite Scotland image came from Glencoe which is prettier in the clouds than bright sun.

  • Question Jan 10, 2008

    I had a camera and took a photo, but it did not do the scene justice. In the highlands of Scotland this summer, we saw the most incredible rainbow. It was visible end to end and looked as if it had been drawn. It appeared to be so close to us! On the mountain, you could see the end of rainbow, but no leprachauns were observed!

Meet the Author
Bill Leslie