Friday, April 29, 2011

Image of the Week

Water - another of my favorite subjects to photograph. Be it water in a lake, river, creek, waterfall or just about anywhere else, I like to photograph water. Something about it can bring life to an image.

For this type of image I always use a tripod, a slow shutter speed and a circular polarizer filter. The tripod keeps the camera steady since I'm using a long shutter speed. The long shutter speed gives the water the soft "veiled" look; and the polarizer filter allows me to eliminate any reflections coming off the water that I don't want in the image. And one more thing - water images I take like this are taken on an overcast day or in a shaded area. Those lighting conditions provide a soft even light on the water which allows me to get a correct exposure for these results. This image was taken near Grotto Falls in the Smoky Mountains.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Image of the Week

In celebration of the Resurrection this week....

The Legend of the Dogwood

In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew,
To a stately size and a lovely hue.

'Twas strong and firm, it's branches interwoven.
For the cross of Christ, its timbers were chosen.

Seeing the distress at the use of this wood,
Christ made a promise which still holds good.

Never again shall the dogwood grow,
To be a large tree, to be used as so.

Slender and twisted, it shall always be,
With cross shaped blossoms for all who will see.

The petals shall have bloodstains, marked in brown,
And in the blossom's center, a thorny crown.

All who see it will remember Me.
Nailed to the cross from the dogwood tree.

Protected and cherished this tree shall be,
A reminder to all of My agony.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Image of the Week

A familiar scene for anyone who's visited Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains - Spark's Lane. I've visited this spot and taken many pictures over the years, yet each time I visit it's one of those places that I just have to photograph again with each visit. This image was taken this month, early spring, just after sunrise.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Image of the Week

I made a trip up to the Great Smoky Mountains last weekend and found winter still holding on at the higher elevations of the park. A storm had just passed through leaving behind what looks like snow capped mountains, but is actually a coating of hoar frost that commonly forms on the mountain tops here during the winter months. It's really beautiful and has a different look to it than snow. This image was taken at Clingman's Dome, the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains and the second highest peak east of the Mississippi, at an elevation of 6643 feet and runs along the North Carolina/Tennessee state line. The bare trees are Hemlocks that have been infested with the woolley adele insect that has eaten away at the trees leaving behind a graveyard of trees.