Beached Whale on Carolina Beach.

A small whale washed up on the beach here in Wilmington. It apparently is a Minke Whale. There is no cause of death at the moment, but officials from the local aquarium are picking up the carcass at some point to do a necropsy. The whale was torn up quite a bit, with a huge section of flesh torn out, most likely by sharks. In recent weeks a fairly large great white shark has been spotted, and also a sperm whale, off the southeastern North Carolina coast.

Technical details – I only used flash in one of the images seen here, it should be fairly obvious which one. The others were exposures of around thirty seconds or so, using moonlight and light coming from the boardwalk behind me. This enabled me to almost completely eliminate the yellow police tape and spectators walking around the whale, as well as giving a nice cool blue tone to the picture. I love shooting this way.

Chris VenHaus

Hi folks, sorry I haven’t posted anything here lately – the end of the school year brought me the toughest set of exams yet, but I somehow made my way through and now I am an honest to goodness official college graduate, with an AAS degree in Nuclear Technology. So now that school is over and done with, I will have a lot of time to get back into the photography habit, more time to spend with my music blog, and more time to spend on playing my own music.

by Chris VenHaus

So while prowling around on photo.net tonight, I came across a photographer whose work with landscapes is phenomenal. Chris VenHaus captures so much color in his lens, so much expression, and his star / astrophotography is downright incredible. Chris shares in his gallery a diverse set of photos that span the American Midwest, from Arizona to Colorado to Michigan, etc., and always keeps an ethereal mood in mind whether the image he produces is black and white or color. For example, his image titled Tufa Sunrise conveys a mood of calm serenity at first glance, but when you focus in and start to examine the individual elements of the picture you start to realize what a startlingly alien landscape he’s happened upon. Volcanic rock formations project from the completely flat surface of the water to create an image that is simple, yet easy to stare at for periods of time and think about what this place must feel like when visiting in person. All of Chris’ photography is exactly like that, so go ahead and check out his gallery on photo.net – take my word for it, you’ll be delighted.

Chris VenHaus @ Photo.net