MATTHEW NORDHAGEN :: PHOTOGRAPHY
MORNING ON THE POTOMAC

Great Falls National Park

Great Falls National Park, Virginia

I visit Great Falls National Park often, and rarely have I seen the fog as dense as it was on the morning that I took this photograph. My visits are early so that I might catch any fog that has settled in, but no matter how much I plan I always seem to be late by only minutes. Not so this time. The fog was so dense that it allowed me time to visit all three vantage points along the Potomac River and choose which worked best. This downstream view of the Potomac River was ideal as the angle of the sun over the tree line cast just the right amount of light to emphasize the highlights and shadows between the river and surrounding rock cliffs. Just enough fog remained to nearly obscure the treelined background. Black and white rendered this scene perfectly, I think, and this has become one of my favorite photographs from this year so far.