Photo Trip To The Great Smoky Mountains

 Hello everybody. After a too long break, I'm hopefully back to regular posting here on the blog. Work has settled down and I have a bit more free time. I'm getting back to using the camera and we recently took a trip up to Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park with one of our photography meetup groups, The Decatur Digital Photography Meetup, and spent a few days in the mountains. Both Pam and I took a bunch of images but it was a bit of a challenge because the weather was more stormy than not.

On Friday, we were driving West across the park on Highway 441 when we stopped to photograph the mountains and valleys below us. The sky was threatening rain but the clouds were pretty cool. I decided to braket my shots and do an HDR to see what I could come up with. Here's the result:

I think it came out pretty good. In fact, I think this is one of the better images I've produced :-) I used a mild HDR effect in Nik's HDR Efex Pro and am very, very happy with the result.

That night we met for Dinner in Gatlinburg and I shot this sign with my Canon Powershot S95:

The quality of images from this little camera is very nice, and it's a perfect "carry around" camera. Most of the shots in my Project 365were shot with the Powershot because it was easy to take with me wherever I went

I'm still working on images from the rest of the trip and will post some of the results here in the next few days so stay tuned...

It feels good to be back shooting again. We have some trips planned for this Summer so I hope to be able to get some "keepers".