Archive for Cades Cove

Hyatt Lane

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2022 by lilybug1960

Hyatt Lane.

It is going to take me weeks to finish processing all the images from St. Augustine and the Smokys, but I will do my best to post as many as I can. In the Smokys the Out of Chicago team housed all of the instructors in Tiny Homes, and it was really awesome. It was my first experience in a Tiny Home and I really loved it. The attendees at the event were fantastic, and it was such an honor to be teaching beside some of the best in the nature photography industry. I look forward to the next event with them! This image was from Thursday morning when we took our group to Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove. The conditions were really perfect. I used my Tamron 35-150mm f2-2.8 Di III VXD lens on a Sony a1, Manual Mode, f16, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, ISO 100, tripod, Acratech Panoramic Head and leveling base. #withmytamronmirrorless #withmytamron #tamroncreates #TamronLensesUSA #tamron35150 #TamronImageMaster #zoomlens #BearWoodsPhotography #acratech #gsmnp #smokymountains #outofchicago #cadescove #hyattlane

Looking Forward…Happy New Year!

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Looking Forward…Happy New Year!
 
First let me wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year. I didn’t make it to see the clock strike midnight, we celebrate Mountain Midnight which is 10pm. I sit this morning in 12 degree weather looking forward and back. My message on New Year’s Day is always the same, but I will post it anyway.
 
Today, we celebrate the beginning of a new year, yesterday was the celebration of a year’s end. As we sit today and look down the road ahead of us, we face a lot of unknowns. It is much like driving down a foggy road. We know what is behind us, some good, some bad, we could just put the car in park and be satisfied with where we have been. There is nothing wrong with that. My life is filled with incredible people, my wife Evelyn, the kids, our family, and our friends. My professional life is filled with great folks. All the people I work with on a regular basis, other photographers whom I have come to know more each and every time I work with them, great folks with partners and sponsors (many of which I consider great friends as well), and wonderful folks who come to my lectures and workshops. I could stop right here and know I have had a great life. I have been truly blessed.
 
However, there is that road ahead, draped in fog, lots of unknowns. As long as there is a road ahead, I know my journey isn’t over and I have to continue. There will be lots of smooth road, and I know a few potholes, but the journey is worth all of the trips. It isn’t one trip that defines your life, instead it is all of them that make your journey and define who you are. It is time to put your foot on the gas pedal, let go of the brake, and continue on your journey. That is what I am going to do, it is easy though when you look in your “car” and it is full of family and friends who will be there to help guide you and even change a flat tire or two when needed. Happy New Year and I hope to see everyone often in 2018.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Siui Circular Polarizer, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Looking Back at 2017 part 5

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

Looking Back at 2017 part 5.
 
One my favorite images from last spring was during a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove. Cecil Holmes and I were doing some bird photography along Hyatt Lane when we spotted this Coyote wandering along the creek. It stopped on several occasions looking for movement in the grass. I could have zoomed in closer and filled the frame more with just the Coyote, but felt including more of the scene created a better image. Don’t always make it big in the frame, a good environmental image can, in my opinion, be a stronger composition. When you do include more though, try to keep it simple and not too confusing.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30 ballhead. MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Foggy Drive

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2017 by lilybug1960

Foggy Drive.
 
I spent a few minutes processing images from our trip to the Smokys a month ago. I love photographing the fog and solitary trees along Sparks and Hyatt Lane. This image is from Sparks Lane as the sun peaked through the fog and lit the tree and grass. I took a little artistic liberty and flipped the image horizontally to place the tree on the right side of the road for composition purposes. In this instance I am creating art vs documenting natural history.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

On the Move

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2017 by lilybug1960

On the Move.
 
Coyotes get a bad rap in life. They are really a great indicator of how an environment is doing. They wander around and eat rodents and other small prey. That’s a good thing. People think there are too many coyotes and are dangerous to us. First, they aren’t going to over populate and kill themselves off, so they only reproduce as to the amount of prey available. Secondly, we build subdivisions in areas that used to be woods or fields, which was probably where the coyotes lived prior to the development, and then complain we are seeing the coyotes. Coyotes eat small prey, which includes the feral cats and other cats folks don’t keep in their homes, then complain their pet got eaten when it stepped out of the house and into the food chain. It doesn’t seem to bother those same folks that their cats are killing the songbirds… Please keep your domesticated animals under control, let the wild animals stay wild.
 
This was a coyote that Cecil and I photographed in several locations in Cades Cove a couple of weeks ago. We saw it being photographed by large groups just trying to do its thing. Once we got around the crowds and were off photographing something else, it seemed to just be curious, from a distance, as to what we were doing. It never approached us for food, which is great, and it simply hunted giving us a special opportunity. No crowds, just us and the coyote. Patience is once again rewarded.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

The Fence Line

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Fence Line.
 
As our group was parking in an area on Sparks Lane, I commented to many in the group that the fence line in front of our cars was incredible and we definitely needed to shoot it before we left the location. After shooting on Sparks Lane for about 30 minutes, I mentioned I was going to walk over and shoot the fence line I pointed out. You could see the light getting brighter and the fog would burn off soon. At the edge of the parking area there are signs warning “Horses can kick or bite”, so I made sure there were no horses in the field or lane then went out about 50 feet. As I set up, the sun peaked out for just a few minutes. My composition originally didn’t include the tree on the left, but once the sun slipped through I quickly recomposed and released the shutter. The majority of the group made it out in time to capture the fog, but not with the sun. I almost feel the composition without the sun actually worked better with the leading lines of the fence. Of course I didn’t have an opportunity to capture it. The large tree in the fog at the end of the fence line was the main subject I wanted to finish the image with for the viewer.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/5th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

All You Can Eat Salad Bar

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2017 by lilybug1960

All you can eat Salad Bar.
 
Bears are omnivores which means they eat anything, but a very large portion of what they eat is green leaves. With everything in Cades Cove greening nicely, they stay busy eating all the new foliage. The day before our workshop started in the Smokys, we had winds of 97 mph! The winds blew down thousands of trees resulting in every road in the Park to close for at least a day and a half. Add to that the 7 plus inches of snow and ice on Mt. Leconte and the higher elevations and it presented some challenges. Our participants took it in stride and showed they are true nature photographers by making the best of shooting for a while down at the Townsend Wye. When Cades Cove opened on Saturday, most people from Gatlinburg had trouble getting there with the road closures so we had smaller crowds and took advantage of it. In the afternoon we went out and were rewarded with lots of bear activity. We were even treated to a sow with 4 cubs in a field. Some of our folks even photographed a couple of the cubs hitching a ride on Mom’s back! We can’t thank our group enough for their attendance and their patience. I am glad their patience was rewarded with great opportunities.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3200, shutter speed 1/250th of a second, Handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMasters,#MindShiftGear

Element Orientation in Photography

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

Element Orientation in Photography.
 
When approaching a scene one thing that every photographer perplexes over is where to place the subject. I am doing some presentations this July in Amherst, MA for the NECCC on “Designing a Landscape”, and this is one of those subjects I will cover. This is the tree in Cades Cove that probably every photographer has been at least tempted to shoot at some point. Placing it in a frame to keep the viewers interest is the key to making it successful. I have heard of a study, but have never seen it, that said since we read top to bottom and left to right in our culture, the strongest points to place a subject is either top left, or lower right. In this image I find myself preferring the image with the tree in the lower right. It could be because of the small tree on the other side of the frame that complements the larger tree or there might be something to the study. Next time you are out photographing, experiment with subject placement and see which is best for your liking.
 
All three images were made with the Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

“The Rule of Nine-Tenths”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2017 by lilybug1960

“The Rule of Nine-Tenths”
 
You often hear about “rules” of composition, the most often cited is the “Rule of Thirds”, and I agree, it is always good to know rules but better to know when to break them. In this image, there is not enough interest, in my opinion in the foreground to fill one third of the frame, so minimize the foreground, add more sky since the clouds and the blue area are more interesting. This again is an image where an asymmetrical composition is the way to go and to allow the “negative space” of the clouds and sky to simply compliment the minimal area with the tree. A key to composition is to look for less, never more, don’t confuse the viewer. This is the famous tree that everyone photographs in Cades Cove. I am glad to see it survived the high winds that damaged so much of the Park this past week, keeping it closed for several days. The iconic image that everyone gets on Sparks Lane is very different today than it was a week ago.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Mode, f16, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204X tripod and K20X ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

Orchard Oriole

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2017 by lilybug1960

Orchard Oriole.
 
All the practice of shooting in the Bird Studio has been paying off up here in the Smokys. A lot of the migrants are moving through and some summer residents are building nest and claiming territories. Yesterday our group watched, followed and photographed a pair of Orchard Orioles. This was especially rewarding since it was a new bird for many of the group. This was a male off of Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove. Later in the day we did get to see and photograph a lot of Black Bears as well, but with a lot larger crowd than our Oriole.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed 1/250th of a second, Sirui W3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal Head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear