POTD: Secret Garden

Title and Location

Secret Garden

Location: Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
Camera: Phase One P65+, Mamiya 645D, 35mm
Settings: f/11, iso 50, 1/250
When: April 2010

A panoramic view of White Oak Sink in the Smoky Mountain National Park.  An easy two mile hike and you find yourself in beautiful, open forest carpeted with blue phlox.  The bright light backlit the young leaves and gave a nice side lighting on the tree trunks.

If you see phlox blooming along the road to Cades Cove you might ask a ranger or photography guide to take you to White Oak Sink.  They usually bloom at the same time around the second week of April.

This was the first photography trip I took after my accident.  The two mile hike would be a snap now but back then I wondered if I could make it.  I would love to find myself back here with flowers in bloom.  (Actually I would love to revisit all the locations I have photographed.  As you would expect, my photography technique and artistic vision has improved over the last 7 years.)

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POTD: Phlox and Mayapple

Title and Location

Phlox and Mayapple

Location: Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
Camera: Phase One P65+, Mamiya 645D, Mamiya 35mm
Settings: f/16, ISO 50, 1/250
When: April 2010

This scene was photographed in a previously secret area of Smoky Mountain National Park called White Oak Sink. The location was not publicised because the flora is very fragile. If you visit this area, please stay on the trails.

When the sky is clear blue and the light intense you can still make dramatic photographs if you pay attention to the angle of light. Notice how I moved the camera and composed the scene so the sunlight was directly backlighting the trees.  I exposed for the shadows and increased the shutter speed until the highlights were not clipped. Using my hand I shielded the lens from direct sunlight or there would have been serious flare in the image.

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