Archive for November, 2010

“Orange”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2010 by Edmund

This was taken on my way to Clingmans Dome for my sunset photo.  I was seeing so many photo ops that night on this trip that I almost got there late.  The actual colors of the mountain side were this blend of orange just after the peak of the change.   It was very windy and I guess the ever so slight blurring of the distant leaves adds to the effect making it look like a painting.

Nikon D90,  2010/11/02 17:44:46,  RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 26mm,  1/45 sec-F/16
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 640
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: On
High ISO NR: Off

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“Antique”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 by Edmund

This antique was located on private property just outside the property line of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  While taking the Roaring Forks Motor Tour upon exiting the park property you come to a little old concession and gift shop.  My wife went inside and I took a few shots of this old antique of a car.  I took nine  shots of this car and processed 5 of them in Photomatix Pro 4.0 to get my final HDR image. They were shot at  F/13 in one stop increments.  I kept my aperture at F/13 and varied the shutter speed 1/8 sec, 1/4 sec., 1/20 sec, 1/45 sec and 1/90 sec.

“Sunset”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 by Edmund

Again this image taken at “Clingmans Dome”  in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I love this area of our country and is one of my favorites.  A great link for this treasure of a park is:http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm  I went to this place at sunset twice and took about 20 photos each time.  This image has almost no PP done to it other then reducing noise in Topaz DeNoise 5 and I cropped the image on the top in order to get rid of a hot spot from the sun peeking out of a dark cloud. 

Nikon D90,  2010/10/24 18:42:40,  RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G,  Focal Length: 85mm,  1/15 sec.-F/16
Exposure Mode: Manual,  Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto, AF Mode: Manual                                  
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

“Autumn”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 by Edmund

I am still posting images from my vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I cannot describe how beautiful the change of colors were here in Tennessee and western North Carolina.   Gatlinburg is the main town and right on main street at light #8 is the start of the “Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail”.  It is a beautiful six mile  one way loop that is a photographers  dream come true.  A guide  booklet can be purchased  for $1 at the park visitors centers.  The booklet said one could complete the loop in an hour or so.  My wife and I spent the whole afternoon  looking at all the scenic overviews and old early 19th century farm houses.   If you ever go to the Smoky’s don’t miss this route.

Very little PP was done to this shot in Nikon Capture NX-2. 

Nikon D90,  2010/10/26 14:35:26
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G,  Focal Length: 24mm, 1/180 sec.-F/8
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                                  
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: On
High ISO NR: Off

“Motion # 2”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 by Edmund

This was taken on the same day as my other image I posted.   I was about a hundred feet away from the bridge ( off to the right)  and this area  is called a ” Confluence”, meaning a joining of several streams to form one river.  It was difficult to get this shot as where I am standing to take this shot I am about 15 feet above the water.  

 Nikon D90,  2010/10/25 15:31:16
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G
Focal Length: 14mm @ 1/2 sec.-F/22
Exposure Mode: Manual,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
Exposure Comp.: -1.5 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 200,  White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S,                                
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

“Motion”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 by Edmund

Just a few miles East of Gatlinburg, Tn on Highway 321 is area called the Greenbrier Section of  Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  You can travel for around 4 miles along the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River all the way to the end of the road.  It is very un-crowded and offers endless opportunities for river scenes and moving water.  The water level in these small rivers was not that high so I waited until it rained and then tried to get some shots.  As you can see after a night of rain the water level was perfect for a few shots.  This was taken from a small, single lane bridge  at the end of the road.  I set my tripod up and hoped that no cars would come along and took this shot.  I did every thing possible in exposing this shot to get the longest/slowest  shutter speed as I could get.  I managed to squeeze a 2.0 second shot.  That slow speed enabled me to get the smooth, silky look of the moving water.

Nikon D90,  2010/10/25 14:50:17
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm, Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
2 sec – F/22,  Exposure Comp.: -1.5 EV
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                                
VR Control: Off

“Window”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 by Edmund

I went out to Peconic River Sportsman’s  Club the other day to try and get a couple of nice photos.  There are a lot of old buildings and barns  there for plenty of photo opportunities.   When I saw the reflection of the trees and Autumn colors I figured I’d give it a try.  I had to get down to a low position as my image was being reflected back toward me.  Very little PP was done on this image as it basically reflects what I saw.  I adjusted the white and black points and sharpened.  This was taken with my newly purchased Nikon D-7000 camera and this was the first time I used it.  I did my PP in Nikon Capture NX-2 which is a great program but very slow.  It seems to render the RAW files the best as it is Nikon’s proprietary software. 

Nikon D-7000,  11-13-2010 @1445pm

Lens: Nikkor 35-70 F/2.8  @ 35mm, f/6.3, 1/40 sec., ISO-400,  WB-Auto,

AF-A,  Mode-Aperture Priority,  Matrix metering, -1.o ev exposure Comp.,