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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:03

Whiter Shade of Autumn

Sometimes in the midst of a weather pattern you are handed a surprise to play with, and so it was that on October 29th, the class at Arrowmont was treated with a major dusting of snow that settled itself all over the autumn colors which had barely found their way to peak condition. With the main road closed to our fondest wish otherwise, we made do with a trip down Little River Road and were surprised by the wonderful juxtaposition of fall foliage dipped in white that created a wonderland of intimate landscapes. A focal length of 82mm, short telephoto, isolated the angle-of-view that attracted me. An aperture of f/16 and a shutter speed of 1/6th second at ISO 200 gave me an overall medium exposure; and of equal importance, it allowed me, with patience, to work with the very slight breeze that wafted through the trees above me. Weather surprises can be a lot of fun most any time, especially when they create wonderful seasonal contrasts for your enjoyment and creative energies.


Saturday, 02 December 2017 13:33

Southwest by the Crest

Southwest from Clingman's Dome, the Appalachian Trail traces the Smokies Crest Ridge across Sliers Bald, Cold Spring Knob, Derrick Knob, and Thunderhead Mountain before starting its long, slow descent into the valley of the Little Tennessee River at Fontana. From boundary to boundary it is 72.371 miles of some of the most beautiful land on Earth. It seems to me as though my soul was born here. On an overcast October morning I watched the clouds moving from the northwest across the face of this ridge as I stood in Webb Overlook on Thomas Divide where the colors of fall were almost at peak. Light from the East raked across the face of the forests and beauty in multiple forms was on display.


I want to gratefully acknowledge all of the kind expressions I have received in the wake of my mother's passing, Your beautiful thoughts will go with me always. She and my father brought me to this place for the first time in 1955, and I knew then that this was home. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you.


A focal length of 90mm, still fairly short telephoto, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 0.8 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall very slightly-darker-than-medium exposure.

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