Laurel Falls

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I was out doing a little Appalachian Trail maintenance last weekend, and decided to hike on up to Laurel Falls. With the wet, rainy weather lately, it has been good conditions to photograph waterfalls. This one is always a treat, and one of my favorites in the area.

I was there mid-day, but was fortunate to get some cloud cover allowing me a longer shutter speed. I also used a circular polarizer, and closed the aperture down to f/25. Shutter speed was 1/3 of a second. Here’s another a little closer up:

Frozen Trio

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Here’s some more from the beautiful Rocky Fork stream that I shot this past weekend…

This waterfall is normally a series of three small falls, but depending on water levels it can be one large cascade, or at low levels it can be five very small falls. It’s a pretty little spot with easy access, making it (I would guess) the most photographed area in the entire Rocky Fork Tract. On my recent visit, it was almost frozen over.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @ 18mm, f/11.0, 1/5 sec. shutter, 100 ISO, in shutter priority mode. I also used a circular polarizer to reduce glare and to allow a slightly longer shutter speed.

Green Pool

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This shot was taken yesterday in the newly protected Rocky Fork Tract in Unicoi, Tennessee. I was so happy to learn a couple of weeks ago that the deal finally went through for the preservation of this 9000+ acres of beautiful land. This little waterfall is located on the Rocky Fork stream, which I found very unique with its green-tinted pool. To learn more about the acquisition of Rocky Fork by the U.S. Forest Service read here.

I’ll continue to add more photos in the next week of the photos I took in Rocky Fork.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @ 75mm, f/14.0, 1/3 sec. shutter, 100 ISO, in shutter priority mode. I also used a circular polarizer to reduce glare and to allow a slightly longer shutter speed.

Taking Flight

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I’m not very good with bird identification, but I believe this is a Blue Heron.  I found him sitting near a snow-covered, frozen pond in Unicoi, Tennessee.  When I got within 20 yards or so he took off, not leaving me much time to adjust camera settings.  If I had been prepared, I would have increased the ISO in order to have an even quicker shutter speed.  I may try to find this little guy again tomorrow, and give it another try.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec. shutter, 100 ISO.  I also increased the contrast in post-processing.

Wilburn Ridge

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This shot of my friend Jimmy was taken on Wilburn Ridge in southwest Virginia.  On backpacking trips, where carrrying minimal weight is a must, I use a small Fuji point/shoot camera.  Another advantage of the point/shoot cameras on trips such as this is that they work well for landscape shots.  They have very short focal length lenses, allowing them to have a huge depth of field, even at wide open apertures.

Photo details: Fuji Finepix E510, focal length 4.7mm, f/6.4, 1/340 sec. shutter, 80 ISO.

Good Friends

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Shot in studio.  I muted the reds in the image to turn those shades to black and white, leaving the blue colors.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @48mm, f/4.8, 1/100 sec. shutter, 100 ISO.  Shot in studio with four lights (softbox main, fill umbrella as a  reflector, head light, and SB600 sppedlight to highlight the background.

Snow Cover

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A quick covering of snow fell today at my workplace at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Johnson City, TN.  The pond is not natural, but instead is excess drainage from the heavy rains we’ve received lately.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @38mm, f/11, 1/20 sec. shutter, 100 ISO, manual mode.

Sill Branch

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Even though this waterfall is over 60 feet high, I sometimes feel it is much more interesting to shoot flowing water close-up.  This is Sill Branch Falls located in Unicoi County, Tennessee.

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mmVR lens @28mm, f/14, 1.3 sec. shutter, 100 ISO.  Shot with a circular polarizer on Shutter Priority mode.

Electric Woodshed

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The “Electric Woodshed” playing at the Blue 5 in Roanoke, VA.  This guitarist is my long-time friend Craig Counts.  Since the Shed plays classic rock, I wanted to give this image a “classic” appearance, so in post-editing I used filter that mimics an older photo processing style referred to as cross-processing. 

Photo details: Nikon D80, Nikon 50mm prime lens, f/1.8, 1/60 sec., 100 ISO.  Flash fired with SB-600 speedlight.  Used “Cross-process” filter in post-processing.