The Great Smoky Mountains contain sweeping panoramic views of ancient mountains, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and old growth hardwood forests. These are each wonderful sites to behold and represent just a hint of the photographic opportunities that await. Come join us as we explore this unique ecosystem with cameras in hand. For me, this is home, it is where I grew up and where I first fell in love with photography. Beth and I will be right there beside you to provide photographic recommendations and instruction.
Not terribly long ago I went through a down sing in photography. I just couldn't get motivated to go out and do anything. In fact, I used about every excuse I could come up with just to stay home.
One day I decided to e-mail Rick Sammon about this issue figuring over his career he likely encountered the same issue. His advice to me was, "Just keep shooting."
Often times I find myself searching the internet for photography quotes. Looking at what those who have come before us have to say about the medium can be helpful and cause us to consider photography in a different light. There is also the added benefit of being inspired by the work of those who said the quote in the first place.
If there is one filter that is a must have for all of my lenses it is a Circular Polarizer. The effects of most other filters can be quickly recreated in post. There is still a need for an neutral density filter and to some extent a graduated ND filter. The latter can be reproduced in post but requires the blending of exposures through HDR or more manual methods.
When you first arrive at a photo location what do you do? Do you immediately take out your tripod, fully extend the legs, and put your camera on the head in the landscape position? If you do all these things (and I am guilty too) then you are limiting your creativity.
What is the value of a photographer? What is a good photograph worth to you?
When you seek out a surgeon do you simply find one with a scalpel? Is that the value of that doctor? Is his/her worth tied up in the cost of a single piece of equipment or is it based on the combination of years of training, experience, and equipment?