Welcome to the archives of prevoius Image for the Asking selections.

Click on a month on the right to see the images for that month.

Friday, 10 May 2019 13:10

Any Pixies 'Round Here?

A couple of days ago Bonnie and I decided it was time to visit one of our favorite locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, not so very far from our home. We try to visit at least once each spring. The Mountains-To-Sea Trail bisects the ridge going eastward off Craggy Dome passing through a series of wonderful Beech Gaps as it heads generally in the direction of Mount Mitchell. While we did not see any direct evidence of beech blight fungus, the beech forest here did not look exactly healthy, either; and the wonderful undercover of grass that has been so characteristic of the area is slowly being overtaken by competing species. Still, it is a beautiful place; and we'll continue to return.

A focal length of 28mm, wide enough for an interesting view, but not so wide as to include an overabundance of clutter, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field and along with an ISO of 200 allowed for a shutter speed of 1/4th second, fast enough to stop the movement in the grass as the winds criss-crossed and shifted over the gap.

When we left home there was no indication that the gap would be shrouded in a cloud. Sometimes you just have to go and see. Beauty is full of surprises.

Saturday, 04 May 2019 07:46

After the Loggers Left

When the men, women, children and machines of Little River Lumber Company left the logging town of Tremont in December 1938, there was nothing left for Middle Prong to do but purify itself of the stain of men and flow on. It had officially become a part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1926; but, as the holder of all the aces in the game, Wilson B. Townsend, the logging company's owner, had wrangled a concession from the Park Service that he be allowed to continue logging in the Tremont area for an additional fifteen years from the date of the sale. When I first put eyes on Middle Prong in 1955, I knew I was in love with a river; I still am. And the wonderful regeneration of the great forest is merely icing on the cake.

A focal length of 68mm, at the very short end of short telephoto, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted from about 5' away from the near edge of the rapid. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and ISO 200 allowed for a shutter speed of 0.6 second, fast enough to create a bit of texture in the white water below the drop.

Dorie Cope's account, as written by her daughter, of living with her husband, a logger of Little River Lumber Company, and their children in Tremont is a wonderful story of some of the people whose lives were intertwined with this river and who came to know and love it with an intimacy I can barely imagine.


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.

Site copyright © 2001 - 2019 Don McGowan & EarthSong Photography. 

All Rights Reserved.