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Alistair Nicol
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This past Saturday I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend near Blowing Rock, NC.

What an engaging group of folks we had. It was really fun to show a few of my images and talk about the process to capture them and even a little bit about processing. There isn't a better way to celebrate my birthday weekend than on Grandfather Mountain.

Big shoutout to +Michael Shainblum for letting me show his timelapse video Into the Atmosphere to kick off the discussion. Check out that inspirational work over at

Here is one of the star trails that I displayed. It is so much fun to see star trails develop in front of your eyes on the screen.
I put together a list of all the topics discussed last night and some links to key resources. If you are interested head over to…/
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A stormy and windswept moment on Kiawah Island
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The floating limb has a nice illusion of floating above the surface effect in this that I like very much
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"Steadfast Resplendence"
Edisto Island, SC

“Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.” 
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
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A new day dawns
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Thank you all and have a great day,evening, night
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Stoked to see my image on the front page of Yahoo Travel! #Awesomesauce :)
We know how it is. You’re stuck at your desk and the day seems to be going on forever. Your mind starts to wander — at first to “anywhere but here,” but then to exotic, faraway lands where your everyday problems and stress melt in the presence of true paradise. You want to go to there, and we want to go with you.
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Not surprised! Congratulations to you though, it's one of those special messages from above saying proud of you for using your gifts! 
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Ready to shoot the stars!
Learn the inside secrets to capturing the incredible night sky. Learn how to light paint to get that perfectly exposed foreground.
Then we'll reveal the secrets of post processing these beautiful night sky images.
1 spot has come available for our Charleston Astrophotography Workshop! Check it out!
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I'm confused...this is your picture?  Is the attachment you sent me your site?  Do you do workshops or did you go to one here?  So much to do....This sounds wonderful.
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Happy Wednesday everybody.
I hope you had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and got time to cherish your loved ones and celebrate our armed forces. I had a great weekend and am getting ready to head into the hills for a spell.
Enjoy this Smoky Sunset!
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Gorgeous Alistair! Love the mist in the valley!
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"Bathed in Light"
Lincove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway 

This is one of our favorite spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway or BRP for short. The morning light streams across the valley and lights up all the ridges as it winds its way across the escarpment driving away the dark.
Up on top of Rough Ridge you get the best view and it's only a short but fairly steep hike up from the Parkway.  This was from last fall during our Fall Workshop and our guests were treated to a phenomenal sunrise. Signups are underway for this years event and in addition we have a Fall Waterfalls Workshop available.

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Do you prefer mountain vistas or waterfalls?
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Thanks for following +Sarah Mcclary welcome to the party. :)
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In celebration of Earth Day!!!

Here is one celebrating the low country. :)
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Beautiful work! Captured in a most wonderful planet.
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"Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Can't wait to get back into the Smokies!
Spring is in the air, and we can't wait to hit spots like this.

This is deep in the Smoky Mountains
“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss. But every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.” That's how I like to think of spots like this. Something about it makes it incomparable. There was some excellent light at this spot and we worked up and down the river for other compositions but nothing was quite like this spot.
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Cheers +Debra Palmer and +Glenn Hernandez!
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I just finished an online editing session with two new friends after our incredible astrophotography session in Charleston about a week ago. This is the image that we processed together and we had fun going through all the steps necessary to get that Milky Way to pop in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

I am really excited to accounce that I will be presenting at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Weekend this May to an already almost sold out crowd on Astrophotography. It will be a super fun event and I can't wait to talk shop with all the incredible folks there.

If you are interested there still might be a spot or two left.  It sells out fast.…/nature-photography-weekend-2/
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Just awesome,Ilove the walkway intothe water,beautiful,I trulymlove your work,hope you don`t mind if I comment on your work,thank-you for sharing.....
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I am an award winning fine art photographer and educator based in Charleston, South Carolina. I was born in Cape Town South Africa, and developed a love for both the ocean and the mountains at a young age. My thirst for adventure started early hiking and exploring Table Mountain and surfing the many beaches. Capturing and remembering this incredible world has always been my passion.

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Together with Tommy White I teach landscape photography through Mountains To Sea Workshops. Mountains to Sea Workshops is dedicated to providing the highest quality photography instruction and is designed for the outdoor landscape and nature photographer, from those just starting out to those that have been shooting for years.  Stop on by to see where we are headed next. 
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