The National Parks, Then and Now

The National Parks, Then and Now.
 
I am doing the final preparations for my lecture this Friday to the Southeastern Photographic Society on “Celebrating 100 years of the National Parks”. While I looked at many of my images that were made over 20 years ago vs more recent images, some changes were very dramatic. One of the most dramatic is at probably my single most favorite place, Schwabacher’s Landing. The first image was made on slide film in 1994, the second image was made 20 years later in 2014. The beaver dams that form the pond have washed away, moved, and expanded over the years. Through all of that, the location is still incredible. I remember when there weren’t trails out to the location from the parking area, you wandered through sage brush and pines on alert for sleeping bison and bears. I used to walk out in the dark often by myself armed with nothing more than my sharp wit and camera gear. With the increase of bears, now I tend to carry spray with me if I am in wild areas. I have been enjoying seeing the differences, and hopefully you will join me Friday night and see some of the changes as well.
 
The second image’s information is: Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Canon 7D, Aperture Priority mode, f11, ISO 100, -1 stop of exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster.
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