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Jerry Denham
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+John G Moore put your black and white (dark sky preset) presets in Lightroom to work with this one. Actually made me think of you when I edited it. Not quite on your level with monochrome but learning.
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EPIC HATTERAS
This makes the 3rd photography trip we've made to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the OBX is my favorite spot there and it seems to just call out to me every time we go. The time before we did not photograph there and I felt as if we left there and the trip wasn't complete.
After the first two trips I had yet to come away with that epic image of this #obx icon. I have some unique night photography from there but it wasn't THE SHOT that epic unicorn image as Chris Nitz deems them.
Our first morning this past weekend, on our #ExpeditionOBX , I thought I had captured my epic shot as storm clouds cleared long enough for some pink sunrise light to sprinkle through. And had Saturday night not happened I would have been quite happy with what I had.
But then Saturday evening, after shooting at Avon Pier in the early afternoon and eating an early dinner to let another storm blow through, we found ourselves back at Hatteras knowing from weather reports that the clouds were going to break.
Not only did they break, but they provided the most beautiful sunset light we've seen on any of the 3 trips to the OBX. We milked that light for all it was worth. What an awesome time we had badgering each other while we did too.
I had posted one from here that evening when we got back to our weekend house but last night, after editing this one, I knew I had slain my unicorn.
BOOM!!!
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 10-24 lens
ISO 50, f/16, 1/3, 16mm
#obx #outerbanks
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CARVER GAP SUNSET
Downloaded the new FREE Nik Collection of plug-ins for Photoshop/Lightroom this afternoon and had to immediately put them to use. This is an incredible deal from Google/Nik that up until today was about $150 for the set but is now absolutely free.
This particular image was edited using a combination of Lightroom/Nik Color Efex Pro 4/Photoshop. I used the Contrast Color Range Filter in Efex Pro 4 and loved what it did for the foreground Rhododendrons. I ...then used a slight bit of HDR Efex Pro 2 to bring out a bit of detail in the clouds and some color in the foreground grass.
This is going to be a bunch of fun and just in time for our 2016 OBX Spring Excursion next week. Can't wait to use it some more.
Canon Rebel T3i
Tamron 10-24 lens
ISO 200, f/16, 1/6, 10mm
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MAGENTA SILOS
I hope this one doesn't offend anyone. Hard to pass up grabbing a four shot pano of tonight's sunset out on highway 68 towards Sweetwater. It was just too beautiful not to.
Due to my young apprentice Adam Collins borrowing my 70-200 lens for last night's baseball game I had to pull out the big guns and use the Sigma 300 f/2.8 lens to harness this gorgeous light. I just had to do it in 4 frames and stitch them together in Lightroom. As my Uncle Albert used to... say, "Ain't no step for a stepper". No truer words have ever been spoken.
Canon 5D Mark III
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 lens
ISO 200, f/11, 1/20, 300mm
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MAGENTA EXPLOSION
A couple of weeks ago on Saturday morning the continued urge to get out and photograph sunrise drove me to get up early and try to do just that. My original thoughts were to use my Sigma 300mm lens to shoot opposite the sunrise at the train bridge that spans the Tellico River in Vonore. As I approached the lake though, that direction looked like it was going to be less than colorful.
In the same area is the Sequoyah Landing Resort and Marina and the sun...rise coming up from the direction of the sun was starting to look promising so I went to the marina.
Good choice I'd say.
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 10-24mm lens
ISO 50, f/18, 1.3 seconds, 14mm
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LIGHT ACROSS THE VALLEY
One more from yesterday's jaunt up to Morton's Overlook in the ‪#‎GSMNP‬. Just loved the way the sunlight was hitting the mountainside across the gorge.
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 10-24mm lens
ISO 50, f/11, 1/500, 24mm
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MEMBERSHIP
With having a free afternoon today I decided to take a drive in the ‪#‎GSMNP‬ for sunset. To me, especially this time of year, there are only 2 places to photograph sunset in the Smokies. Clingman's Dome, which the road to it is closed this time of year, and Morton's Overlook. Seeings how I didn't have time to hike the 7 miles to Clingman's Dome I made the executive decision to make my way to Morton's Overlook.
On my way through the park I stopped at Sugarlands... Visitor Center by Gatlinburg to get me a bottle of water. When in the gift shop I found a Cades Cove hat I really liked as well. When I went to pay for them, the lady at check out asked me if I had joined the Great Smoky Mountains Association. I said no, but also wondered why I hadn't? I love the Smokies and am always there shooting pictures and I am a huge advocate in the preservation of our National Parks.
So I paid my $35 membership fee (I'm embarrassed to say is the Buckeye membership. Almost donated $100 just to not have that name associated with me but since it was for the park I can live with it) and have a card saying I'm a member. All the money donated goes to preserving the park so I am all about that. And I get a monthly magazine and discounts at certain places. Even if I don't take advantage of that it's the least I could do to do my part.
Upon arriving at Morton's I had a considerable amount of time before sunset so I got there were several people that stopped and left the overlook. I ran into a pair of older couples from Ohio who were quite funny, a younger couple from Atlanta who just couldn't get over the view and have to keep reminding themselves that this park is here just north of them. I even got to meet and talk quite a bit with a guy there shooting background video for an upcoming Dolly Parton movie. Pretty darned cool!!
I even got to shoot pics too. Ha ha.
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24mm f/2.8 lens
ISO 50, f/16, 1/25, 24mm
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MUDDY SHOES
For the first time in what seems like forever I was able to get out and grab a photograph or two of the sunrise. I made my way down to the Vonore Fishing Pier and what started out as just a decent reflection ended up being a beautiful sunset.
The low water levels made the ground surrounding the water very muddy and this took a slight toll on my hiking boots. The mud caked up on them to the point that they weighed about 10 pounds each. Made for a workout walkin...g back to the car.
Got to use my new Manfrotto 054 ball head on my tripod for the first time too. This took some getting used to after 3 years of my 3 way pan head on there. So very much more versatile though and quicker to boot.
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24mm f/2.8 lens
ISO 50, f/18, 1/8, 24mm
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DALLAS SKYLINE
Had a great evening last night with Lindy Denham Mary Jackson Denham and Sarah Denham. We had dinner at Luck in Trinity Groves across the river from downtown Dallas and when we finished, they tolerated me and fed my photography wishes of photographing the Dallas skyline. I wanted to get a shot of the skyline from that side of the river to have the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the foreground.
I was also wanting a reflection of the skyline in the Trinity River. The trouble there is that the river was basically dry. There were scattered ponds of water where the river normally runs but nothing I could get that reflection in unless I scooted down the river bank and used one of the ponds.
Still, the Dallas skyline does not disappoint reflection or not.
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24mm f/2.8 lens
ISO 320, f/16, 20 seconds, 24mm
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STREETS OF DALLAS
My feet are yelling at me from the first afternoon in Dallas, TX yesterday. Me and another Engineer from work are here for a conference this week and we spent what seemed like most of yesterday walking all over downtown. Gonna get my exercise in this week with the conference center being about 6-7 blocks away from the hotel we are staying in.
One thing I'm starting to really enjoy is the Dallas skyline. Neon lights on the buildings and the Reunion Tower lit up make for an extremely colorful city. Can't wait to explore it a bit more this evening.
This image is a 5 second exposure looking down Elm Street at the Bank Of America Tower, which was lit up in pink neon instead of the usual green it normally is. The lights you see streaking down the street are from a couple of passing buses scooting by. Had to be patient waiting for one to come by and then a second came through right behind it.
ISO 100, f/11, 5 seconds, 8mm
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