Dogs on Beach – 1

Dogs on Beach – 1, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Photographing outside after a long long time. Gone are my Canon equipment. Now shooting with Olympus Micro-thirds exclusively. And this is with my favourite 25mm lens! This was also shot in JPG – with \’art\’ filter – Diorama.

The little white dog looked like it was lost – and kept bothering all the dogs in a 5m radius. Later on, we saw the the owner – a stout old lady was sitting around, smoking and enjoying people\’s confusion and concern over her \’lost\’ dog. Crazy how some people entertain themselves!

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/250s at f/2.5
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200

Tub Mill

Tub Mill
Tub Mill, by Suprada on Flickr.

Tub Mill in Alfred Reagan\’s farm, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

Must have guide book for the smokies: The Smoky Mountains Photographer\’s Guide
This is a great book by Bill Campbell and Nye Simmons with excellent pictures and text.

Quoting about the Tub Mill from Wikipedia:
\”The Alfred Reagan Cabin

Alfred Reagan, a descendant of the area\’s first settlers, owned a small farm just below the Ephraim Bales Place. Reagan was a jack-of-all-trades, operating the Roaring Fork community\’s blacksmith shop, general store, and its most consistent grist mill. Reagan was also a part-time preacher at the Roaring Fork Church, for which he donated the land and helped build.

Of all the buildings on Reagan\’s farm, only his cabin and mill remain today. Due to its sawboard paneling and coat of paint, Reagan\’s cabin stands out among historical structures in the Smokies today. The cabin\’s design is known as a \”saddlebag” design, which involves two cabins constructed around a single chimney. A kitchen area was added later.
The Reagan mill is a standard tub mill, with a flume redirecting water from Roaring Fork to power a tub-wheel turbine. The turbine turns a grindstone which breaks down corn and wheat into cornmeal and flour. Reagan\’s mill was well-designed and well-positioned. It is said that when other mills lacked sufficient water power due to low water levels, Reagan\’s mill would continue to operate.\”

About Roaring Fork Auto Tour trail from the Smoky Mountains National Park Website:
\”The Roaring Fork area is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN., at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. \”

\”Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This narrow, but paved, road twists and turns for six miles beside rich forests, waterfalls, and mountain streams. Buses, trailers, and motor homes are not permitted on the motor nature trail. An inexpensive booklet available at the beginning of the motor nature trail details landmarks along the route. \”

“Roaring Fork” is the name of the stream which the road roughly parallels. It is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent. \”

This photograph was taken between Mile 3.4 and Mile 3.6 on the motor nature trail.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 0.3s at f8.0
Focal Length: 22mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 26, 2009

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Jim Bales Place

Jim Bales Place
Jim Bales Place, by Suprada on Flickr.

Jim Bales Place on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Fall, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

From the awesome guide book by Bill Campbell and Nye Simmons:The Smoky Mountains Photographer\’s Guide
\”Jim Bales Place
mile 3.8

This is just across the bridge from the parking area on the left. There is a cabin, crib and barn located here.\”

About Roaring Fork Auto Tour trail from the Smoky Mountains National Park Website:
\”The Roaring Fork area is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN., at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. \”

\”Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This narrow, but paved, road twists and turns for six miles beside rich forests, waterfalls, and mountain streams. Buses, trailers, and motor homes are not permitted on the motor nature trail. An inexpensive booklet available at the beginning of the motor nature trail details landmarks along the route. \”

“Roaring Fork” is the name of the stream which the road roughly parallels. It is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent. \”

This photograph was taken between Mile 3.4 and Mile 3.6 on the motor nature trail.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/90s at f8.0
Focal Length: 40mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: October 26, 2009

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Roaring Fork – 2

Roaring Fork - 2
Roaring Fork – 2, by Suprada on Flickr.

Roaring Fork in Fall, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
A small waterfall adorned in fall colors in the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Smokies.

Must have guide book for the smokies: The Smoky Mountains Photographer\’s Guide
This is a great book by Bill Campbell and Nye Simmons with excellent pictures and text.

About Roaring Fork Auto Tour trail from the Smoky Mountains National Park Website:
\”The Roaring Fork area is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN., at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. \”

\”Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This narrow, but paved, road twists and turns for six miles beside rich forests, waterfalls, and mountain streams. Buses, trailers, and motor homes are not permitted on the motor nature trail. An inexpensive booklet available at the beginning of the motor nature trail details landmarks along the route. \”

“Roaring Fork” is the name of the stream which the road roughly parallels. It is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent. \”

This photograph was taken between Mile 3.4 and Mile 3.6 on the motor nature trail.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/4s at f8.0
Focal Length: 22mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 26, 2009

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Roaring Fork – 1

Roaring Fork - 1
Roaring Fork – 1, by Suprada on Flickr.

Roaring Fork in Fall, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
A small waterfall adorned in fall colors in the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Smokies.

Must have guide book for the smokies: The Smoky Mountains Photographer\’s Guide
This is a great book by Bill Campbell and Nye Simmons with excellent pictures and text.

About Roaring Fork Auto Tour trail from the Smoky Mountains National Park Website:
\”The Roaring Fork area is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN., at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. \”

\”Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This narrow, but paved, road twists and turns for six miles beside rich forests, waterfalls, and mountain streams. Buses, trailers, and motor homes are not permitted on the motor nature trail. An inexpensive booklet available at the beginning of the motor nature trail details landmarks along the route. \”

“Roaring Fork” is the name of the stream which the road roughly parallels. It is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent. \”

This photograph was taken between Mile 3.4 and Mile 3.6 on the motor nature trail.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/6s at f8.0
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 26, 2009

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Dappled Forest

Dappled Forest
Dappled Forest, by Suprada on Flickr.

Fall colors, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
Sunset through clouds and the golden forest in Fall.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/20s at f4.0
Focal Length: 40mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: October 25, 2009

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Green

Green
Green, by Suprada on Flickr.

Fall colors, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

Florescent green forest during fall.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: f4.5 at 1/20s
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: October 25, 2009

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El Conte at Night

El Conte at Night
El Conte at Night, by Suprada on Flickr.

El Conte draped in Fall colors, at Night, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

I happened to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last October. Fortunately for me, right then, fall colors were at their peak. We drove in on a Friday to the tourist town of Gatlinburg. That night, I decided to head out and try night photography. I had recently taken a night photography workshop by Harold Davis and was very eager to try the techniques and methods out.

By the time we reached the Sugarlands visitor center, it was getting dark. The ranger there talked about Campbell Overlook, on the NewFoundland Gap Road being a good sunset spot. So I decided to head there for the night shoot. An excerpt from the \”NewFoundland Gap Road Auto Tour” booklet: \”From here you are looking toward Mt. El Conte, the third highest peak in the smokies, but Bull Head in the foreground keeps you from seeing all of El Conte\”.

The Campbell Overlook is at Mile 4 from the Park entrance at Gatlinburg. It is 3.7miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. There are two large parking areas on the left providing views of Sugarland Valley and Mt. El Conte. Of the two, the second pullout is named for Carlos Campbell, who wrote Birth of a National Park: Great Smoky Mountains. The book tells the story of how \”a citizen park movement in North Carolina and Tennessee made Great Smoky Mountains National Park possible\”.

This is the thing about night photography: its a lonely affair, especially for someone who likes company – the long time on spot taking the many really long exposures in the inevitable cold. Luckily for me, I had people to give me company while I was shooting.

This photograph is a combination of many exposures taken over 1 hr at the same spot. The photographs were then processed and stacked using Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4.
For more about night photography, you can read Harold Davis\’s excellent book titled Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques. Y

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: Stacked Exposure
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: October 24, 2009

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