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Friday, 08 February 2019 21:55

Sometimes When You Look Closely

In the Conservatory of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, there are some amazing plants on display, including some of the slightly more than 2000 palm species from around the world. In many instances I found, on my recent adventure there with Bonnie, the stalk or trunk of these lovely botanicals to be as interesting as any other part of the plant.

A focal length of 90mm with a 25mm extension tube (PK-13) gave me the angle-of-view and magnification I wanted. An aperture of f/22 and a shutter speed of 5.0 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure.

In the world of close-up imagery what is seen is often the essence of what is felt to be real; but the elements of design remain to nurture what is felt into visual expression.

Saturday, 02 February 2019 20:08

Coming on the Old Road

Over the years, nearly two hundred of them, roads have taken various routes over the crest of the Smokies between the Oconaluftee area and what eventually became Gatlinburg and Sevier County. One route wound around the east side of Thomas Divide above Beech Flats Prong to approach Newfound Gap from that direction. On a snowy, icy day, when there are no leaves to obscure, the trace of the old road can be seen as it ascends toward Newfound on its journey into Tennessee.

A focal length of 37mm, just beyond the realm of wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field; and a shutter speed of 1/13th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall lighter-than-medium exposure.

In winter, the late afternoon sun is setting behind the Smokies Crest at such an angle that its light does not penetrate the deep watershed through which Beech Flats Prong flows on its way from the mountains to the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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