Category Archives: Dogwoods

Dogwoods in the springtime bring the Smokies back to life

In the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom along the fast flowing rivers and stream the compositions are the best the Smokies have to offer. I used Topaz BW Effects 2 and then blended the image with the original image to give it the look of a hand painted B&W image.

Topaz BW Effects 2 blended with the original image

Topaz BW Effects 2 blended with the original image

Which processed image do you like best. The Color image or the B&W with touches of color?

Image processed with Topaz Clarity

Image processed with Topaz Clarity

Which processed image do you like best. The

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Spring Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountain Workshop

The spring wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains bring splashes of color along the rivers, streams and meadows. The main focus for capturing images during the Smoky Mountain workshop be larger landscapes of the wonderful meadows, mountains, rivers and waterfalls but we will also spend time on the small niches that bring color and character to the landscapes.

Wildflower close up captured during the Spring Smoky Mountain Workshop

Wildflower close up captured during the Spring Smoky Mountain Workshop

This little cluster of wildflowers made a wonderful composition for a close up along a river that we were photographing last spring. I used Topaz Clarity to make this image pop and then used a vignette to bring the attention to the center of the Composition.

Hope that you will be able to join me for the Spring Smoky Mountain Workshop!!

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Clingman’s Dome, Wait for the magic!!

Often when I am out shooting I talk to other photographers as I wait for the light and on a rainy overcast day I am often the last person to leave the location. On a shooting trip 25 years ago to the Dolomites in Northern Italy the mountains were socked in and I decides to call it a night and went back to the lodge where I was staying. As I was eating my meal and looking out the window at the mountains the clouds parted and the most wonderful light hit the top of the mountains. That is when I made myself a promise never to leave until 15 min after the sun has set. I always wait for the magic to happen and I am seldom disappointed.

Clingman's Dome - Gods rays

Clingman’s Dome – Gods rays

Some of my favorite shots are on overcast days when a break in the clouds can give you dramatic effects.

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Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains along the Little River

Spending time along the small streams and rivers capturing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains was a wonderful experience. By using neutral density filters I was able to slow down the water giving the image a fluid movement and not gust stopping the movement. This is balancing act waiting for the leaves to be still enough so that there is no movement in them as the water flows past the lens for several seconds. When you view the image your eye see the movement while still seeing everything you captured as crisp and sharp.

Still Waters processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Still Waters processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Taking time out from our busy world is one of the great joys of photography. It gives me the opportunity to sit wait and watch the leaves to be still so I can capture the moment.

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Fall colors in the Smoky Mountains

During the Smoky Mountain workshop the colors were amazing and it was hard leaving the smoky mountains with the colors in their peak. On Saturday I display at a the Christmas craft show at Divine Child in Dearborn Michigan. The last couple of years I have been in Italy teaching in November and it will be good seeing old friends at the show.

Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

The unprocessed image has nice color but it does not quite have the punch that I enjoyed that morning.

Unprocessed Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

Unprocessed Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

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Sparks Lane – Smoky Mountains

From the 26th through the 29th of October I will be back teaching in the Smoky Mountains one of our great national parks. The image of Sparks Lane was captured this april when the dogwoods were in full bloom and I am anxious to see it in its fall color.

Sparks Lane Simplify 4 Spring 2014

Sparks Lane Simplify 4 Spring 2014

Throughout the smoky Mountains there are historical landmarks of the families that lived and raised their families in this area which help us make a connection with our past and sometimes our present. Last weekend I spent a few minutes with friend who’s last name is Sparks and asked if they had any connection to the Smoky Mountains. It was not surprising to find out that their family had moved to southern Indiana from Tennessee.

In October when I am capturing images on Sparks lane in the Smokies it will be fun thinking of the Sparks family members who I have spent time with capturing images of the masked characters at Carnival in Venice and at the top of St Peters Coppola in Rome.

Sparks Lane CR2 raw image Spring 2014

Sparks Lane CR2 raw image Spring 2014

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Manarola, Tapestry

It has been a short week after arriving home from Arts Beats and Eats on Monday night I am heading over to Rochester to set up at Art and Apples tomorrow morning. With the short week I only had time to work on a few images including this new Panoramic from Manarola that reminds me of a wonderful tapestry that are made in Italy. My booth # is 47. If you have time come by to see a few new images that I have been working on the last couple of weeks.

Manarola, Tapestry del Mare 24x60

Manarola, Tapestry del Mare 24×60

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