Mingus Mill

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2017 by lilybug1960

Mingus Mill.
 
Another location Cecil and I scouted and did a few images of was Mingus Mill. When we arrived it was pretty foggy and raining lightly. Perfect conditions for shooting the mill and rivers. Except for a Crow, we had the place all to ourselves for the 30 minutes we were there. The trees are all filling in with leaves very nicely and by next week it should be full of beautiful green. The conditions will be perfect for our workshop in the Smokys! I wanted to use the leading line of the water in the foreground to direct the attention of the viewer to the mill as well as the water that overflows on the side. I used a circular polarizer turned to just the right amount to keep a little glare on the water while still giving the desired saturation in the foliage.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear

The Return of the Grosbeaks!

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The Return of the Grosbeaks.
 
I always feel spring has sprung when I hear the sound resembling chalk chirping on a chalkboard. I know it is the call of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. They arrive in a nice size group, stay a few weeks, eat lots of seed, then move on to their breeding grounds. I am happy put the seed out for them just to see the beautiful red heart on the chest and hear that chirp. Last year they stayed almost 4 weeks, I hope this year will be a repeat. The first image is one of a young male going into his breeding plumage, the second image is of a female.
 
Both images were made using the Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiUSA

Bud Ogle’s Place

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2017 by lilybug1960

Bud Ogle’s Place.
 
Just outside of Gatlinburg is Bud Ogle’s Place. It is an old cabin and farm that was in the line of the fire last year. You can see the charred trees beside, behind and in front of the cabin. Somehow the cabin went unscathed during the fire. It is really incredible that it survived much less was not damaged. I always like to visit and photograph there when the dogwood trees are in bloom. This year it was a little special seeing the burned out area just behind the cabin. I wanted to make sure I captured part of that burn in my image to show just how close it really was to the cabin.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of .6 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer to increase saturation and decrease glare on the foliage, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear

Mingo Falls

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2017 by lilybug1960

Mingo Falls.
 
With our Great Smoky Mountains workshop coming up in just 2 weeks, Cecil and I felt we should scout some alternate locations due to the wildfires in the area last year. We started at Mingo Falls in Cherokee, NC. What a beautiful waterfall! It is located on the Cherokee Reservation but no special permits are needed to access it. We had trouble getting good directions to it for a while because we didn’t know the name of it and had asked another photographer but they didn’t really want to give us the information. We found it though, once we knew the name very easily. It is a relatively short walk, the first 100 yards are the toughest, it is a good climb but concrete steps make is very tolerable. the remaining walk is pretty easy. Once you get there, you shoot from a bridge/platform. It will be a great place to offer to the group as a location. It was well worth the walk and we got some wonderful images there. The wildfire damage in Gatlinburg is heartbreaking. A lot of areas are showing signs of rebirth and growth, but driving through some areas is surreal. You see chimneys sticking up in an areas that used to homes. There are a lot of construction crews working hard to rebuild the area as well. Such a beautiful and special area before and it will be again some day.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 15 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer to reduce glare and increase saturation, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear

An Alternate View of Bad Branch Falls

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An Alternate View of Bad Branch Falls.
 
After being geographically displaced, that is the man term for being lost since we don’t admit getting lost, I stayed at Bad Branch Falls for about 20 minutes or so before the sun started peaking through the clouds. I waited for the sun to be blocked out the best I could while I shot. I did this to reduce the amount of contrast on the falls. This way I was able to maintain detail in the water while also maintain detail in the shadow.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 4 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer to reduce glare and increase saturation on the foliage, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC, #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Bad Branch Falls

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Bad Branch Falls.
 
Yesterday I did a presentation to the Foothills Photography Group in Clarkesville, Georgia. What a great group of super nice folks. I decided to take advantage of the trip to northeast Georgia and visit some rivers and waterfalls. I went to the Upper Tallulah River, which is a story for another day. Then I decided to go to Bad Branch Falls. BBF is an easy 5 minute walk from a gravel road, however it took me almost an hour to do the 5 minute walk. I had been there before and thought I remembered exactly where it was located. I remembered you find the powerline pole with the plates on it that has a trail directly across from it. I found it and started walking up the trail. It seemed a little different than I remembered, which doesn’t mean I was lost by any account, just not totally recalling the trail. After wandering about a 1/2 mile or more through the woods, trailblazing as I walked, I was convinced the waterfall was victim of the droughts. I made my way back to my car, dirty, scratched and sweaty. I got into the car and went to find a spot to turn around. As I rounded the next curve, low and behold, another pole with plates and a clear distinct trail across from it. I parked, got out, hiked the 5 minute walk to the falls and made a few images. I returned to my car, whooped, but laughing at my blunder, but happy to see a beautiful waterfall.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f22, ISO 100, shutter speed of 3.2 seconds, Sirui Circular Polarizer used to reduce glare on rocks and increase saturation in foliage, Sirui W2204X waterproof tripod and K20 ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Happy Birthday Gunny!

Posted in Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2017 by lilybug1960

Happy Birthday Gunny!
Today is my Dad’s Birthday. Well one of his birthdays. My father and I share a few life changing events. The first was in December of 1960 when I met him for the first time. The meeting is a little blurry to me to this day. Lots of things happened between then and 1972 when my Dad decided for some reason that he wanted to teach me photography. He gave me an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic camera and taught me how to meter, shoot, process and print. He encouraged me as I learned, helping me learn from mistakes as well as praising me for great shots. I remember taking a photo of my brothers playing soccer in High School that was one of those classic “thrill of victory and agony of defeat” type moments. The ball in the back of the net, the defender kneeling on the ground looking at the ball, the goalie standing with his head down while my brothers and their teammates celebrated in the background.
Then in 1976, my Dad asked me to go with him to a place called Wyoming to an area called the Grand Tetons. While he was busy in meetings I rode horses, hiked and photographed. I left Wyoming with a completely different outlook on life. Wyoming can do that to you. From those days forward, my love of the outdoors, nature, and photography continued to grow in my life.
The next big shared event was in January of 1987 when I reported to Parris Island for Boot Camp. My Dad and I became brothers. It is a relationship that any Marine understands. We share a birthday, the other birthday, November 10.
I don’t get to see my Dad as often as I would like to see him, but he and I know we always have that special bond of Father/Son and Brothers that will be with us always. Today we celebrate the day he was born. Today I celebrate the birth of the man who was so very responsible for many of life’s lessons, the man who opened my eyes to photography and to nature. Every sunrise and sunset I see in Wyoming, my thoughts wander back to the days we spent at the Jackson Lake Lodge watching in awe. Thank you Gunny. Love you. Happy Birthday!