Flowering Dogwood at the Carter Shields Cabin

The main weather event of our first full day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was rain.  The day started out cloudy, but rapidly deteriorated, so it seemed like a good idea to head into Cades Cove, figuring traffic would be at a minimum.  We did a recon lap of the 11 mile loop road, stopping only at the Carter Shields Cabin.  This is one of my favorite stops in the cove, especially in the spring when the dogwoods are flowering.

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It was pouring pretty heavily when we got to the small parking area in front of the cabin, just the thing I needed to try out my new rain cover for the camera.  The rain cover worked very well, keeping the camera and lens much drier than I was in my rain gear.  After a short while, the rain let up and I was able to seriously pursue the photography I was after.  I have photographed these trees in flower several times, but this time the light was absolutely right. If I didn’t get another shot all day, I would have been satisfied because this image is one that I have had in mind for a couple of years.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung,

The grass is riz

I wonder where the birdies is? 

I took my camera with me on my morning walk with Molly yesterday.  These blossoms are a common sight for about a week every year, but they caught my eye because of the large knot in the tree trunk.  Molly was very good, sitting quietly without command when I absent-mindedly dropped her leash in order to play photographer.  As per usual for me, this looked better in b&w because of the leading lines of the young branches and the column of blossoms climbing from the lower left to the upper right, hopefully leading your eye through the image._DSC1726 Gallery

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Iconic Images …

I have been in Charleston, SC since Monday, and have been shooting with a Tony Sweet workshop since Tuesday morning.  On Wednesday morning, we went to Magnolia Plantation, arriving just as dawn was beginning to break.  This was my fourth trip to Magnolia Plantation, and for the first time I made a resolve to shoot a couple of the iconic images this venue presents. Both the images in this post were taken along Oak Drive, within about 100 yards of each other.

The first image is a single click, while the second is a three-shot HDR.  I have also been doing a lot of experimentation with mirror montages and am beginning to get some feel for how these work.  I will add a post about this technique later and include a gallery of some of my more successful experiments.

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