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Smokey Mountains Redux

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My Thoughts About Processing

The age old debate in photography is to process or not to process. Some photographers think processing a photo is blasphemy and what you shoot is what you get. While others will argue that photo processing helps to bring out an artists vision.  Personally, I fall in the latter category of photo processors.  One of my photography hero’s, Ansel Adams, is known for his landscape photos of the US national parks.  He heavily processed his photos to help the viewer of his works see his vision.  In case you are interested, I use Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software Plug-ins for Lightroom.

Smokey Mountains Redux

Think twice before you delete a photo.  I shot this photo in the Smokey Mountains and never did anything with it, the original composition was ho-hum and not very exciting.  However, this past weekend I was in a bit of a mood and I wanted to do something a little edgy processing wise.  So I picked a mundane photo and went to work to see what I could do with it.  I think the results came out pretty good.

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February 19th, 2014 at 6:04 am

Morning In The Smokies

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Slow Down And Enjoy The Silence

“If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.” ― Jeannette Walls

I’m not much of a morning person, my day doesn’t get started until I get my first cup of coffee. According to my wife I’m a bit grumpy if my morning doesn’t start right.  But on occasion, when I do get up early on purpose, I love to sit in a quite place, drink my coffee, read an old fashion newspaper (that leaves ink on my fingers) and watch the sun rise.  I feel as if I have the world to myself for a brief moment.  Lost in my thoughts, watching inspiring beauty unfold in front of me, as if the sunrise was just for me.  There is something spiritual about the mountains and the way light plays and dances across trees and rock faces.  As I watched the sunrise one morning in the Smokey Mountains, I was reminded that there is no greater beauty than what we find in nature.

Morning In The Smokies

I woke up early to get this shot this past summer.  I took a bunch of  typical shots of the sunrising over the Smokies, but as I was packing up to change location, I decided to shoot away from the sun and try something a little different.  The light was perfect as it came off the mountain and the fog in the valley.

The Great Smoky Mountains

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January 15th, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bridge To Nowhere

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July 12th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Haystacks

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. “- John Muir

Life on Mars

Canon T4i | Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm | f/8 | ISO100 | Processed in LR4 & Nik HDRPro2

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July 9th, 2013 at 7:00 am

The Road Less Traveled

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“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” – Bob Marley

Cades Cove, Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee USA

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Canon T4i | Tamron 10-24mm @ 14mm | 1/125 @ f/14 | ISO 100 | Processed in LR4 & SEP

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July 1st, 2013 at 7:00 am

Country Roads

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The one thing I quickly discovered about Eastern Tennessee is that there are not many straight roads. I love a winding rode, hitting the apex of a corner at high velocity, and punching out the throttle to high speed glory (It’s no wonder NASCAR was founded in the South). As much fun as a high speed adventure my be, you really need the proper vehicle to tear around the winding roads of Appalachia; in my case we had our family SUV. I love our SUV, don’t get me wrong, I’ve even created a page about it on my blog, but lets just say my family tended to get very car sick during our week in the Smokey Mountains. However, something has to be said for taking your time while driving in and around the Smokey Mountains.  The mountains views are so inspiring, and the sunrises and sunsets are just an artist pallet of colors.  The mountains are calming, and urge me to take life just a little slower and just enjoy the moment that I am in.

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June 26th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Smokey Mountains National Park Morning

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“If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.” ― Jeannette Walls

I’m not much of a morning person, my day doesn’t get started until I get my first cup of coffee. According to my wife I’m a bit grumpy if my morning doesn’t start right.  But on occasion, when I do get up early on purpose, I love to sit in a quite place, drink my coffee, read an old fashion newspaper (that leaves ink on my fingers) and watch the sun rise.  I feel as if I have the world to myself for a brief moment.  Lost in my thoughts, watching inspiring beauty unfold in front of me, as if the sunrise was just for me.  There is something spiritual about the mountains and the way light plays and dances across trees and rock faces.  As I watched the sunrise one morning in the Smokey Mountains, I was reminded that there is no greater beauty than what we find in nature.

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Canon T4i | Canon 70-300mm @ 120mm | ISO100 | f/29 | Processed in Nik HDRPro2 and LR4

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June 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Mountain Skies

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

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June 21st, 2013 at 7:00 am

Mountain Sunrise

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I woke up early just in time to see the sun rise over the Smokey Mountains and see some of the most beautiful colors.  It is amazing to see the sun rise and how quickly the sun comes over the horizon.

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” – John Muir

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Canon T4i | Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm | f/8 | ISO100 | Processed in LR4 & Nik HDRPro2

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June 18th, 2013 at 7:00 am

Rockin’ In Gatlinburg

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I know I was in the mountains, but I managed to do a little street photography while visiting Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg is a resort city that rests on the boarder of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Originally settled as a fur trapper community in the late 18th century, the area was expanded by settlers who received land grants as compensation for serving during the American Revolution and War of 1812. Today, Gatlinburg is a great first stop before entering the national park where you can visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, have some awesome pancakes at the Pancake Pantry, do some shopping or eat some fudge. You can visit Ober Gatlinburg which to get to you have to take an arial tramway similar to those found in the Alps to sky during the winter months.

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Canon T4i | EF70-210mm @ 100mm | 1/60″ @ f/8 | Processed in LR4

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June 16th, 2013 at 5:33 pm