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


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


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.,


Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 by Edmund

Well here is another Great Smoky Mountains National Park photo.  This was taken at the Cades Cove Visitor Center parking lot.  When my wife and I were driving up to the parking lot I said to my wife look at that Red Maple.  It was already getting late (4:10 pm) and the sun was hitting this beautiful tree just right.  I have a back pack that I use for my photo gear ( Think Tank- Street Walker Pro ) so I grabbed it and went across the street and took about 20 images of the red maple with a couple of different lenses.  I settled for this image to post as this one was taken with my wide angle lens.  I had problems using the polarizer with my other lenses as I got a real dark blue sky  but only in certain areas.  I really have to work on how that filter really works and judge the effect in the view finder.  I feel that sometimes less is better with that filter.  I never purchased a polarizer for this lens ( 77mm ) ,  I wonder why?  :).  Very little PP done on this in Lightroom.  I increased my color temperature to around 7000 and boosted my clarity, saturation and luminance a bit.   I applied my camera profile to landscape, sharpened and cleaned up the noise a little.  When I did my last PP in PSE-7 for the frame I applied a slight levels adjustment to increase my contrast a bit and some final sharpening.

Nikon D90,  2010/10/22 16:22:52,  RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/350 sec – F/16
Exposure Comp.: -0.5 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 640
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S


Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 by Edmund

I have not been around lately as I went on a three week vacation camping in  Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  We hit the full change of  colors while there.  This scene, shot at sunset, was taken on Clingmans Dome.  The sunset itself was nothing special but the blue light at dusk was spectacular.  I purchased a book ” The Smoky Mountains Photographer’s Guide ” which outlines in detail the best photographic locations both on and off the beaten path through out the park.   It was well worth the price.   I bought it used on amazon.  It was very cold and windy and Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet is the highest elevation in the Smokies.   The sea of Appalachian ridges seem to go on forever.  There is an observation tower on the Dome which offers a 360-degree panorama of the park peaks in Tennessee and North Carolina.  I did not hike up the 0.5 mile trail up to the tower but parked my car in the parking lot got my tripod and set it up right there. There had to be a hundred or so photographers there with there tripods and gear.  I got there early so I would get a good spot and also I wanted to set up every thing before it got dark.  My wife was very patient and it seemed forever before the sun finally went down.  The Smokies, were named for the blue haze that often surrounds them.  I read that the haze comes from the water vapor given off by the trees (as much as a 1000 gallons or so per tree) every day.  The Cherokees called this “Shaconage”  the place of blue smoke.

Very Little PP was done to this image.  I did have a lot of noise and removed that in Lightroom and I increased my color temperature to around 7000 as  the original was even cooler then this version.  Any way it seems that when converting to a JPEG and saving for the web it darkens up a lot. Taken on 11-2-2010 at 7:01pm.  I used my tripod and Nikon D-90.  My lens of choice was my telephoto zoom 70-300mm@ 135mm, 0.5 sec @f/16, Manual mode and metered the sky.

“Seasonal Macro”

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2010 by Edmund

Well baseball season is almost over and its been raining here for a couple of days so I got out my home made Light Box and “Baseball” and figured I’d give a macro shot a try.  I did not crop this image so that is the true size also very little PP in Lightroom all I did was cut down exposure by roughly 1/3 stop and added a little clarity, vibrance and saturation.  Of course I used a tripod, delayed remote release, manual focus and manual mode.  I used my Nikon D-90 and Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro lens.