Category Archives: Cades Cove

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and safe holiday.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and safe holiday. Hope that your New Year is filled with prosperity, excellent images and new adventures.

Cades Cove - Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove – Smoky Mountains

 

 


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving full of Family and Friends

It has been a good year filled with travel and Family and friends and I wanted to wish everyone.

               “Happy Thanksgiving”

A couple of days ago I received a few images from my friend Steve Johnson that symbolizes to me where I want my mind and heart to be during the holidays and through the year.

Simple places with family and friends.

Smoky Mt Cabin - Steve Johnson

Smoky Mt Cabin – Steve Johnson

 

Smoky Mt Church - Steve Johnson

Smoky Mt Church – Steve Johnson

 


Fall colors in the Smokies

I received an update on the colors in the Smoky Mountains from my friend and fellow photographer George Hamzik that the colors along the rivers are looking great.

I am excited to drive down tomorrow and start shooting along the streams and valleys.

Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall in the Smoky Mountains


Mount LeConte-Great Smoky Mountains

This Friday I will be heading to the  Great Smoky Mountains for a couple of shooting days before the fall color workshop begins. It will be great visiting some of my favorite locations and checking out a few new shooting spots.

Mount LeConte-Great Smoky Mountains

Mount LeConte-Great Smoky Mountains

I captured this image on a wet overcast day which helped to give me great saturated color. I enjoy a shooting on a beautiful sunny day and can capture great images but when it is raining I think ‘Let it Rain’ and Eric Clapton’s melodies start playing in my head. These are usually my best shooting days!

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Smoky Mountains – Afternoon Glow

October is a magical time in the Great Smoky Mountains. The lush forests, beautiful mountain ranges and rivers will be great with an explosion of fall color. In the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky you can often catch the glow of the sun in the water.

Suns Glow

Suns Glow – Smoky Mountains

 


Autumn’s Tapestry in the Smoky Mountains

With the cooler weather I am excited about photographing the amazing colors that fall brings to the Smoky Mountains. From October 25 – 28 2015, I will be teaching on the north side of the Smoky Mountains. This is one of the rivers that we will be photographing during the workshop.

Fall Colors along the Rivers in the Smoky Mountains

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Sunrise along the rivers in the Smoky Moutains

I will be going in a day or two early for the Smoky Mountain workshop to capture  morning images on the Gatlinburg side of the Smoky Mountains and I am anxious to spend a sunrise at this location.

Sunrise along the rivers in the Smoky Mountains

Sunrise along the rivers in the Smoky Mountains

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Fall is in the air

Yesterday was a great day to get out and enjoy nature with a bike ride along the Dexter to Hudson Mills bike trail. If you live in the Ann Arbor area it is a great place to ride and see amazing fields of wild flowers. For me it was a reminder that falls in only a few weeks away and I am looking forward to capturing the colors in the Smoky Mountains. Hope that you can join me!

Smoky Mountains Fall Photographic Workshop Tour
October 25 – 28 2015

Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

Fall Colors along the rivers in the Smoky Mountains are amazing!


Smoky Mountain Fall Color Workshop October 25-28

The streams and waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains are great to photograph any time of year but when the Mountains are in their fall colors it is magical.

Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall in the Smoky Mountains

When working along the rivers I usually want to create a fluid movement and sharp focus through the image. When the light is a little brighter light a Neutral Density filter will give me a longer exposure. In low light conditions I can usually create this effect with a 3 or 4 second exposure without having to use the Neutral Density filters.

Man and Nature

Man and Nature

For me watching the clients capturing images and having fun is the best part of teaching at any of the location. When capturing images whether you shooting a candid portrait or landscape timing is everything. You can see the enthusiasm in Steve’s face for the image he has just taken.

Having fun along the River

Having fun along the River

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Castle of Angels and Bridge of Angels Spring 2015 Italian Photo Workshop

The Castel Sant’Angelo is the fortress near St. Peters where Popes took refuge when Rome was under siege.  Now, as in ancient times, you cross over the impressive Bridge of Angels which spans the Tiber River to enter to the Castel Sant’Angelo.  When I am out photographing early in the mornings with my groups, when most of Rome is still sleeping, it is easy to envision being in ancient Rome.  It is always a treat capturing images in these ancient places before the tourists and locals appear on the streets and remind us that is not 350 AD.

The hotel accommodations I have made for the 2015 group traveling with me to Rome is near the Vatican and a brief stole from the Bridge of Angels.

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

I captured this image of the Castel Sant’Angelo at an aperture of F11 and shutter speed of 3 seconds. The color image was processed in Lightroom and Topaz Clarity. The B&W images I processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

Castle of Angles and Bridge of Angels

Anyone visiting Rome and interested in getting to know the city intimately I would recommend taking a personalized tour with Steve and Grazia Andre http://enchantingrome.com/ . Their knowledge and love of the city has always amazed me and delighted my clients.

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