Saturday, 02 July 2016 10:51

Window to a Wonderful World

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Western North Carolina is a land of mountains, almost beyond measure. It is the wonderful world I call home, and I am both fortunate and blessed that it is so. The beautiful American By-way known as the Blue Ridge Parkway winds two miles from our front door and continues its sinuous journey for 92 more miles before reaching its western terminus in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along the way it passes near the summit of Richland Balsam mountain, the highest point on the nearly five-hundred-mile-long scenic road. And just before reaching Richland Balsam, a view to the southwest reveals the magnificent recession of ridges looking toward the Cowee Mountains. I could spend days observing the beauty seen from this place, and it is sometimes nearly impossible to even know where to begin; but on this occasion the god-beams thrown by the partially overcast sky, helped me isolate the area of ridges on which I wanted to concentrate. A focal length of 157mm gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 0.4 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. It could be the sound of music I hear. 

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 09 July 2016 15:01 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good afternoon Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. Wow! It has been two wonderful weeks at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: my first two-week session in twenty-two years of teaching. The Smokies were amazing, as always; my students were conscientious, curious, and inquisitive: a teacher's dream. It was a magical experience that I would do again anytime.
    Tammy, it is so good to hear from you. I think about what's going on in your life regularly and hope you have been well. Thank you for joining us, and for your kind words. Your note was a wonderful way to begin this discussion.
    Hey, Aileen. I wish you would have been with us for the past two weeks also. We had some serious fun and saw a lot of beautiful light. What a wonderful compliment - to say that you would wish to have created this image! I am grateful for your kind words.
    John, I am pleased to say that we have known each other now for nearly ten years, and it has been a relationship that i deeply cherish. I have watched your art flourish and am deeply honored that I could have played some small part it its unfolding. Isn't it delightful that we can see the world in such similar ways and yet with such complete individuality. I'm sure your expression of this scene would have been beautiful and we could have spoken at length about why we had chosen to do it this way, or that. Here's to many more years of shared vision, my friend.
    Joel, it is always a pleasure to have you join us. I'm hoping the knee is doing well and gaining in strength and mobility by the day. Even when it's not about the light, it is always about the light, isn't it? Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to sharing the light of Southern Utah with you.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. After two amazing weeks at Arrowmont, what better could I ask than to be engaged in conversation with the likes of all of you. Have a great week!

  • Comment Link Joel Price Sunday, 03 July 2016 17:31 posted by Joel Price

    Heavenly Light!

  • Comment Link John DiGiacomo Sunday, 03 July 2016 13:41 posted by John DiGiacomo

    After spending several minutes looking at this magnificent image earlier this morning I had to then close out of it, knowing I would revisit it later. The reason I had to close out, was that this image brought many thoughts to mind and I needed time to process.
    Many of my mountain landscape photographs have been influenced by two primary photographic experiences; 1. Seeing the layering effects of the Smokey Mountains at dusk many years ago and b. This Smokey Mountain photography instructor who told me around the same time that when photographing he saw the world in terms of lines, colors, patterns, texture and shapes ( my reaction although silent was yeah right). In this image I see those influences in a scene that takes this foundation and adds a unique and powerful perspective.
    As I continued to study this image I realized that if I were to have taken this image, I would've added more contrast to really pop the God rays. This I also realized would've ruined the essence of this image, as its beauty is in its subiltiy.
    I have always been inspired by your work, but this is now my favorite and is truly your vision.

  • Comment Link Aileen Fletcher Sunday, 03 July 2016 10:05 posted by Aileen Fletcher

    WOW! I wish I'd taken that picture!

    I also wish I was with you at Arrowmont.

  • Comment Link Tammy Sunday, 03 July 2016 10:00 posted by Tammy

    That is so beautiful Don.

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