Category Archives: Smoky Mountains
I love going back through images to find hidden gems. I’ve spoken about this before, but feel it worth another reminder. Give yourself time from the shoot so you will be able to evaluate the images for what they are, and not what you had hoped they would be. Now, don’t get me wrong. It would be best to craft your image in the viewfinder and feel confident you have THE shot. That said, I still feel we are drawn to certain images when we do our review and these pop out because of our emotional and visceral reaction to them. What then happens is, we tend to move on leaving behind other images that are also great! With today’s image, I have already processed three others from this particular morning shoot. As I went back to review images, now almost two months old, I had new knowledge. I have learned more about processing this type of image and was able to review the RAW files with a new perspective. This new knowledge helped me to see the potential in other similar images. And then I decided to play with a crop and came up with the image below. Another right answer!
Dan and I have locked in our 2013 tours. Just click on the tours link at the top of the page. We hope to see you on one next year. I am working on my local workshops and hope to have that page updated by the end of November.
The image today, is from the chimney tops picnic area in the Smoky Mountains. With images like this, it is important to move left and right until you separate the trees as much as possible. The image would feel clumpy if you had trees stacked on top of each other or merging with one another.
The gang in the Smokies was tremendous and flexible. Flexible as we needed to modify our schedule due to weather changing daily. All in all, we did very well with lush open forest color and great graphic images. Honestly, more interesting to photograph than a wall of color to me. The blog image is another favorite from the trip. My tour partner Dan Sniffin, found the scene. I was initially not overwhelmed, however, when I processed it, it came to life and I understood what he saw. A lesson was learned that day and I have now added this type of scene to my visual memory bank. I will be looking for similar scenes in the future. More about visual memory in the future!
Being away from home during a bad storm is no fun. Thankfully my wonderful wife was smart enough to prepare thoroughly and all seems to be going well. Lots of damage throughout the area no power and lots of rain still to come. Here in the Smokies we were able to shoot for the entire day yesterday getting lots of wonderful images. Todays blog image is another from our initial shoot at the Foothills Parkway. We’re hoping to get out there today for similar images. Wishing the best to all my friends who have been in harms way with this storm!!
Before the group arrived and the rain moved in, Dan and I had a chance to shoot reflections with yummy colors in the river. Very disappointed that the group will not have a chance to shoot these on this trip, however, the big storm is throwing bad weather our way. We sure hope our friends who are in the path of this powerful storm are kept safe!