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Saturday, October 30, 2010

More Fall Color From Tennessee

Here are a few more photos that were taken in the Smokies.  The above photo was taken in Cades Cove where the color was just starting to change when we were there.  The size of the tree next to the old house really caught my attention here.

This next photo is of an old grist mill that we found on the way to North Carolina.  There were a lot of people wandering about so I had to be patient in order to find the opportunity to make the picture without any humans in it.

Here's a shot of part of the road through Cades Cove.  It was early and a little misty this morning so there weren't a lot of cars on the road.  Nevertheless, it took me about 5 minutes to finally be able to set up and capture this image between having to move out of the way of many cars that were driving through.

This last shot was taken in the Greenbriar area of Smokey Mountain N.P.  I liked the large rock with the leaves on it in the foreground and then the river leading your eye to the trees in the background.  It really captured the Fall season for me.  What do you think?

I've still got more pictures from Tennessee to come.  I'm processing them little by little.  Thanks for visiting and comments are welcome.  Until next time...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Color and our week in Tennessee

My wife Vicky and I just returned from spending a week in Tennessee visiting our daughter Sandy.  We had a great time exploring Nashville and the Smokey Mountain National Park.  There was some beautiful Fall Color to see in the Smokies, particularly at the higher elevations and over on the North Carolina side.  I've included a couple of photos (above) that show off some of the fall leaf color we saw.

The Biltmore Estate

In addition to the Smokies, we visited the Biltmore Estate (photo above) in Asheville, we saw a beautiful glass art exhibit by Chihuly at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens outside of Nashville and we spent an evening of wine tasting and music at a winery owned by Kik Brooks of Brooks & Dunn fame.  All in all it was a relaxing week of getting to visit our daughter and having some beautiful photographic opportunities. 

Chihuly Glass Art

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Photography Exhibition

Sunrise Under The Pier

About 8 months ago, after I gave a talk to the Kiwanis Club about my photography,  I was honored to be invited by a city official to exhibit my photography at the Mission Viejo Library.  At first, I was a little reluctant because I have never exhibited any of my photography anywhere.  But I quickly came to my senses and accepted the invitation.    Well, I am happy to tell those of you who didn't know, the exhibit began about three weeks ago and continues until October 29th.  I limited the exhibit to seascapes.  One of the photos I included was the the one above which was taken under the San Clemente pier.

Directly above is a picture of the exhibit.  Kind of cool.  Anyway, thanks for reading.  Until next time.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nashville and Fall Color

My wife and I are getting ready to travel to Nashville to visit our daughter this coming weekend.  We have been looking forward to this trip for some time now.  Tennessee is a beautiful state with plenty of opportunities for some good landscape photography.  Not to mention the fact that Nashville is a fun city to visit.  I am also really looking forward to a 4 day side trip over to the Smokey Mountains.  It looks like we might be a tad early for peak Fall color, but we'll make the most of it.  It's always a gorgeous area for photography.  I am hopeful to get a few good shots that I can post right here.

As you probably know the top picture is of downtown Nashville.  It was taken about 20 minutes after sundown using a long exposure (about 10 seconds).  That makes the water in the river look smooth and silky.  The other photo is of a river in the Smokey Mountains in the springtime.  As you can probably tell, it also was taken using a longer exposure to make the water look smoother.  I am hopeful that I can get some photos like this but with some Fall color in them.  We'll see. As always, I encourage you to post any comments you may have.  Thanks.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Here we go!

After much procrastination, I have finally hit critical mass between my desire to start a photography blog and my desire to find the time to start a photography blog.  My children have been encouraging me to start one so I can more easily share my photography with them and others.  My goal is to post a new photograph at least once a week.  We'll soon see how that goes.  So here we go.

The photograph above is from a recent trip to the Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon.  This is Multnomah Falls and is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the U.S.  It was taken in the middle of summer just after sunrise and prior to the usual onslaught of tourists.  Hence there are no people on the bridge.

Feel free to post any comments you may have.  I am hoping to use this blog as a way to help me improve with my photography, so tell me what you like and/or dislike about the photographs I post.  Thanks.