Thursday, 01 November 2018 14:21

Color and White

Nearly a year ago to the day I was teaching a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The fall color was late - quite late - about like this year. A couple of cool nights set things in motion and sudddenly there it was; and just as suddenly there was snow on top of it. Little River Road became the Magical Kingdom and the season was upon us, two seasons at once.

A focal length of 170mm gave me a narrow angle of view and a bit of magnification /compression. An aperture of f/11, with the camera-to-subject distance provided depth-of-field, and with ISO 200 gave me a shutter speed of 1/8 second, fast enough to stop the slight breeze along the river and to create an overall medium subject.

It seemed like an impressionist sort of moment, which is definitely part of the magic of a Smokies autumn.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:12 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. As Bonnie and I prepare to begin the final Appalachian Barn Adventure of the 2018 workshop season (and for that matter, the final workshop of the season), I am reminded of how special is the relationship I am blessed to have with all of you who, regularly and irregularly, take the time to comment on the work I choose to share. All of you are the reasons I have the opportunity to do what I do. Nancy T. was a participant in the very first workshop I did as EarthSong Photography, Kat Taaffe has been a student and friend for many years, and I've known Willa Boswell for a mere three months, but she is as special as anyone, and I am honored that she has chosen to share a bit of her creative journey with me. So let's see what's happening this week.
    Hey Kat. Thanks, as always, for joining me and for your kind and thoughtful comments. Thank you for all you do to preserve the beauty we share.
    Hi Nancy T., we surely enjoyed seeing you yesterday. Hope your visit to Florida with family for the holidays is a special occasion. And may the seasons continue to whisper to you as they always have.
    Hi Willa. It's becoming a regular occasion to have you join us to talk about images, and I always appreciate it when you do. I glad you concur in my thought about the feel of this image. Impressionism, I believe, is too often overlooked as a form for photographic creativity, and yet the camera can achieve it quite easily; the computer even more so. Setting realism aside sometimes allows us to to speak more directly to the essence of a work and it's also just downright fun.
    Thanks, again, to each and all of you for being part of my creative family and for sharing the journey of photographic expression with me.
    Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Willa Boswell Sunday, 04 November 2018 19:15 posted by Willa Boswell

    I definitely agree that this pic has an impressionist look about it and I like it. Great job! Willa

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 04 November 2018 14:46 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This image looks like a whisper; the two seasons are whispering to each other. Nice find. Another late autumn this year could offer more of these. The mountains are full of these little treasures, Thanks for finding and sharing them.

  • Comment Link Katherine Taaffe Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:54 posted by Katherine Taaffe

    Lovely, as usual!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty, Don.

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