POTD: Peaceful

Title and Location

Peaceful

Location: Beaver Lake, NW Arkansas
Camera: Phase One P30, Mamiya 645D, 300mm
Settings: f/16, ISO 100, multiple exposures stitched and overlaid
When: September 2009

A few days ago I posted an image from this location called “Moonglow”.  A beautiful moonrise captured just as the moon was floating through the “Band of Venus” whichis a band of pink that rises through the sky just after sunset.

Following that photograph, I repositioned the camera slightly using a much longer focal length to compress the scene.  By shooting two tall exposures over one another I was able to stitch them into this vertical panorama of the scene.  I also photographed the moon with a much faster shutter speed to reveal the detail on its surface.

Vertical panoramic images are much more difficult to compose but no other format can fit a huge statement onto such a small amount of wall space.  An image only 2′ wide is more than six feet tall.  Standing in front of a print that large you feel as though you could step right into the scene.  One theme you will find with most of my photographs is realism.  My primary goal is to capture stunning scenery as closely as possible to what it would be like had the viewer been standing next to me.

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POTD: Falling Waters

Title and Location

Falling Waters

Location: Ozark National Forest, NW Arkansas
Camera: Phase One P65+, Cambo RS, Schneider 35XL
Settings: f/16, ISO 100, 4 sec, 2 shots stitched
When: October 2009

Falling Water Falls is a popular swimming hole in NW Arkansas.  From this point until Falling Water Creek empties into Richland Creek is a wonderful area to explore and photograph.  There are countless pools, cascades and waterfalls along this short stretch of paradise.

October 2009 was an incredible time in NW Arkansas.  Spring rains in this area create literally thousands of waterfalls in the Ozark Mountains.  We also have fantastic fall colors from all of the hardwoods.  It is very rare for us to have good water and color at the same time.  It happens once every 10-15 years and has not happened since 2009 so every fall photographers in this part of the country hope “this year” will be that year.

This image of Falling Water Falls was taken just as the fall colors were starting  to change.  A week later I visited again and there was so much water this entire area was filled with a raging torrent.

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POTD: Moonglow

Title and Location

Moonglow

Location: Beaver Lake, NW Arkansas
Camera: Phase One P30, Mamiya 645D, 75-150mm
Settings: f/16, ISO 100, 1/125 & 1/2 sec
When: September 2009

I found this scene quite by accident one evening as the moon was rising over the Earth’s Shadow a day or two before the full moon.  I didn’t have my camera at the time because we were boating with friends.   I returned the next three months until conditions were right to photograph the full moon over this small island with narrow causeway to the mainland.

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POTD: Triplets

Title and Location

Triplets

Location: Tremont area of the Smoky Mountains
Camera: Phase One P65+, Mamiya 645D, 45mm
Settings: f/16, ISO 50, multiple exposures, 2 shots stitched
When: April 2010

These three boulders reminded me of little boys wrestling.  Actually you wouldn’t call it wrestling but maybe “Whoever ends up on top wins!”.  Early morning sun shining through the background foliage almost looked like autumn.  Maples are colorful any time of the year and this park is full of them and almost every other hardwood.

As a new photographer, I found this image a challenge.  The light coming through the foliage onto the water was difficult to expose without blowing out the whitewater.  I took extra exposures at a faster shutter speed and blended those in where the brightest light was shining.

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POTD: Smoky Mountain Stream

Title and Location

Smoky Mountain Stream

Location: Smoky Mountains near Townsend, TN
Camera: Phase One P65+, Mamiya 645D, 35mm
Settings: f/11, ISO 50, 1/2 sec
When: April 2010

An iconic Smoky Mountain stream photographed along the middle prong of the Little River.  On the road to Cades Cove you’ll see a turnoff for Tremont Educational Facility.  This short drive is one of the most iconic in the park and it is beautiful almost anytime.  This dirt road follows the river the whole way, park anywhere and point your camera.  On the weekends this spot will be busy with photographers shooting the horseshoe shaped cascade.

The maples in early spring have a nice bright color that contrasted well against the rhododendron foliage in the background.

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POTD: Ozark Spring

Title and Location

Ozark Spring

Location: Long Pool Falls, Ozark National Forest
Camera: Phase One P45, Cambo RS, Schneider 35XL
Settings: f/16, 5 sec, ISO 100
When: May 2010

I had been to Long Pool Falls on at least four occasions before “Ozark Spring” was photographed.  It’s watershed is relatively small and it takes a fair amount of rain to get it running well.

It is very typical of waterfalls in the Ozark Mountains near my home.  Most of them only run during wet weather.   When it is wet, the Ozarks are full of literally thousands of waterfalls.  Many just as beautiful as long pool falls.
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POTD: Smith Creek

Title and Location

Smith Creek

Location: Smith Creek Nature Preserve, Arkansas
Camera: Phase One P45, Cambo RS, Schneider 70L
Settings: f/11, ISO 50, 5 sec
When: May 2010

Smith Creek located just south of Boxley Valley was preserved by The Nature Conservancy to protect critical Indiana bat habitat.  The side-effect was they also gave us one of the most intimately beautiful areas in Arkansas.

On a rainy day in May, you can spend the whole day photographing this small area.  The further upstream you hike the more beautiful it becomes.

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POTD: Autumn Falls

Title and Location

Autumn Falls

Location: Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina
Camera: Mamiya 645D, Phase One P30+, Mamiya 28mm
Date: October 2010

Looking Glass Falls is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.

When photographing waterfalls I try to include the surrounding topography which I feel gives waterfalls more character.  A static portrait style photograph gets old pretty quick.  After all, it is the surrounding scenery that makes each one so unique.

After working close to the waterfall and not feeling much inspiration we ventured downstream where the water flowing over the rocks drew my attention.

Using the 28mm I was able to exaggerate the foreground rocks which balanced nicely with the waterfall and autumn color.

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