Looking Glass Falls

Yet another roadside, North Carolina waterfall that I hit last week was Looking Glass Falls.

Looking Glass Falls is inside the Pisgah National Forest.  It is located right along the road with a staircase that leads you to the bottom of the falls.  This fall is located near Brevard, NC along U.S. Highway 276.  It is about a 60 foot fall.  This is a real nice fall, and one to hit if you have little to no time to spare and want to see an impressive fall.

ISO 50, 15mm, F/16 @ 1 second

I made this image with my Sony A7R II, Metabones Adapter and Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  My tripod of choice was the Sirui W-2204 and K-20x Ballhead.

Image was processed in Lightroom and On1's new Suite 10.  I loved the On1 Products before but now they are easier to use than ever before.

Smoky Mountain Cascade

Here is one of many images I shot along the Tremont area of The Great Smoky Mountains last week.  The color was good, the shooting was good and most of all it was a relaxing trip that relieved a lot of stress from the weeks before.

I know what you are asking me right now..."Did that leaf happen to fall perfectly on that rock in the foreground?".  Nope, I put it there.  I think it helped anchor the foreground and give you the feeling of Autumn much more than the plain rock without it.  Not only did I put it there, I probably even splashed water on it to give it more contrast.  Call me a cheater... ;)

ISO 100, 19mm, F/16 @ 2 seconds

I made this image with my Sony A7R II, Metaobnes Lens Adapter and Tamron 15-30mm Lens.  I also had my gigantic Fotodiox circular polarizer rig and my Sirui W-2204 Tripod.  

One of the things i really like about the Sirui W-2204 being waterproof is before Whenever I spent the day photographing water, I'd have to come home, extend my tripod and let it dry out in the garage...well those days are over with this thing.  Since no water ever gets in the leg sections that is no longer necessary.

 

Smokies Stream

If you missed the news on my Facebook page earlier today, I have announced a new workshop website/company that I will be using for all of my photo workshops going forward.  There will be several other instructors helping out and hopefully we can offer may workshops and more genres of photography from time to time, too.  Check it out here, it's called Nature In Focus.

One of the workshops listed was a Springtime In The Smokies Workshop.  I love The Smoky Mountains in the spring!  Life is starting to awaken after the winter, rivers and streams are usually flowing well, flowers are blooming and greens are popping.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16, 2 seconds

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16, 2 seconds

Here's an example of what Spring can hold in the smokies.  This is one of the streams we will visit during the workshop.  This area of the park offers so many vivid greens that pop, especially in the Spring!

This image was taken with the Sony A7r and Tamron 24-70mm Lens (my favorite) via a Metabones lens adapater.  All held stable by mt Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Tripod.  And anytime I'm photographing water, I'm using my circular polarizer!

Mountain Cascade

This is an image of a small cascade that flows upstream of Machine Falls.  On an overcast day you could easily spend the whole day photographing the falls and cascades that are all within walking distance in this area.  Maybe someone should do a workshop in this area...hmmm.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16, 0.8 seconds

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16, 0.8 seconds

I love this little area of the stream because not only does it form a nice cascade here, but the contrast of the moss covered rocks along the banks are very nice, also.

This is another image I made with my Sony A7R, Metabones Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.  I also used my Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT tripod.  The tripod was very important here because me and my tripod are in the water.  The water was flowing with quite a bit of force, too.  The Vanguard Tripod handled the force of the water without an issue and I was able to come away with a tack sharp image.