Great Smoky Mountains Roadside Waterfall

Both Pam and I are suckers for a good waterfall. Here's an image I shot of one of the many beautiful waterfalls we saw while in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: This waterfall was particularly interesting to me because of the many levels the fall (or maybe cascade is a better term) had. I spent about 15 minutes shooting a variety of looks at this, while dodging traffic on the narrow road (thanks to Pam for warning me of oncoming vehicular mayhem! :-)) This shot ended up being the best of the bunch. I think it's because of a couple of things:

  1. The composition- I managed to place the various cascades in a line moving from upper right to lower left, with the final cascade flowing out of the image
  2. The shutter speed-This image is at 1/15 of a second, which gave just enough motion to the water.

I am very happy with this image and I hope you enjoy it as well. If you really, really like it please feel free to purchase a high quality, affordably priced, print. Just click the "Buy Print" link at the top of the image :-)


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".