Woodall Shoals Reflection #2, Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River, GA & SC

Here’s another Woodall Shoals reflection image from my GA/SC trip last week. I decided to crop in a little more on this scene, concentrating on the perfect reflection.

Also, just a note, I processed this photo using the new CaptureOne 4.1 and also my new “docked” Dell Precision M4300 mobile workstation. Man, this thing is FAST! I’ll post the build info later in this post.

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm w/ fall and tilt, polarizer

What a wonderful find! Lake Tugalo at first light.

 

What a wonderful find! As I left for northern Georgia I knew where I was heading but I wasn’t sure how the overnight accommodations would work out. I usually like to find a quite place near my morning destination to park and sleep in my truck. As I pulled up to Tallulah George State Park I noticed a sign leading to Stone Place. It also stated 4-wheel drive required, so I headed toward Stone Place! When I came to the end of the road I found a nice level spot, set my clock and I was fast off to sleep. At 5:30am my alarm went off and I slowly rolled out of the truck and decided to find out what this Stone Place was all about. As I walked around the grove of trees I noticed that, before me, was a beautiful mountain lake! I went back to the truck, grabbed my camera gear and headed to the lakes edge. I spent the next two hours photographing the many changes that the landscape went through as we transcended early morning.  This is the first image taken on the trip!

 

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 45mm, no filters, ISO 200, f/11 @ 25sec

 

RAW processed with CaptureOne Pro & Adobe PhotoShop CS3 Extended

Woodall Shoals, Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River, SC & GA

I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to the mountains of North Georgia and South Carolina. I’ll update this post later tonight or tomorrow morning but I wanted to post one of many images that I took on this trip. This one was from this morning along the Chattooga River. Let me know what you guys and gals think! I have to say, this was a beautiful morning along the River!

Updated Post:  Just a note, for all that do not really know my work. I’m an environmental and nature photographer. I’m not trying to or make it my life’s work to find the perfect photo. I’m trying to accurately portray the environment that I photograph in as close to reality as “I” see it. Yes, I do work the image with an artful eye but, for the most part, the photo is about the moment and the subject that I’m connected to at that time. This scene was captured at 8:39am. I waited for the morning sun to illuminate the background trees, knowing that this would give me that wonderful green that I desire for my photos. I also felt that this would help balance the perfect reflection in the rain pool. This is the result of a strong morning sun from a cloudless blue sky. This is the exact scene that I wanted to capture. When I look at this photo I feel as though I’m still standing there on the Shoal. I can remember having to squint when I looked up from the camera toward those sun-drenched trees. Man, I want to go back!

 

Thanks all for commenting!

 

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm (fall w/ slight tilt), polarizer, ISO 100, f/11 @ 1/6sec

 

RAW processed with CaptureOne Pro & Adobe PhotoShop CS3 Extended

Rhododendron season in the Highlands is near!

Wow, it’s really hard to believe that in two weeks the highcountry will be adorned with the beautiful Catawba rhododendron bloom. It feels like it was just last week that the forest was just starting to come alive from the long winter season. This is a great time to be in the mountains, especially the Roan Highlands, along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. I have my Roan Highlands Experience workshop the 13th through 15th of June and we have spots open! If you’ve never been to the Roan during the bloom, it’s incredible! This place is in my backyard and I’d love to show all how wonderful this place is. It’s hard to believe that not too many years ago the plans were to develop the bald. Just think, condos, ski slopes, million dollar home sites and paved roads running over this beautiful landscape. Thanks to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for protecting this wonder for generations to come! By the way, they are the group that has brokered the deal between the Conservation Fund and the owners of Rocky Fork. I’ll be indebted to them forever! Stop by and tell them thanks at www.appalachian.org.  

 

Please visit www.mtphotoworkshops.com for more info on our upcoming workshop schedule.

 

Catawba Rhododendron and breaking storm along Jane Bald, Roan Highlands, Tennessee and North Carolina

 

Canon EOS 5D,  TS-E 24mm, no filters

RAW file processed with CaptureOne Pro and Photoshop CS3 Extended

The Rhododendrons will blossom soon!

While searching for images to be printed in the June issue of WNC Magazine I came across a photograph that I had taken in 2005. I had all but forgotten about this image! Not sure why, for I really love this one. After getting the images together for two, two-page full-bleed Vista images and two more photos for a special feature about the North Carolina Mountains, I decided that I had better get my images caught up in my cataloging software. Man, I’m so far behind! Anyway, I thought that I’d post this image, being that it’s so perfect for the upcoming season in the highcountry. 

 

Spring in the highcountry, Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

 

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 45mm (rise and very slight off-axis tilt), Polarizer, f/16 @ .6 sec, ISO 200

Rocky Fork Hike for Sierra Club members & Non-members!

 

I’m leading a hike into the Rocky Fork tract for the Sierra Club on Saturday the 24th, members and non-members are welcome! Here’s the info for the outing.

Meeting place: Erwin McDonalds – I will park in the overflow parking in the back! I drive a Silver 2005 Nissan Frontier NISMO Pickup with a camper top and platform on the back. We will meet there at 9:00am and depart by 9:15am.

Please bring water and snacks for the trip. Also, bring extra shoes for deep water crossings (Teva’s, Chaco’s, Keen’s,…). Oh, and bring your cameras!

If you have any questions please call at 423-335-8245

Jerry Greer

Solitude, Beauty Spot Gap, Unaka Mountains, TN & NC

As the title implies, “Solitude” is the first thing that comes to my mind with this tree, which I know very well. It stands alone in an open meadow along the Appalachian Trail. I’ve been shooting in this area for over 10-years and I just keep coming back. It’s like an old friend that keeps revealing a new side every season.

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm (rise only), no filters, f/14 @ 1/125sec, ISO 250

Processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS3 extended

 

Spring forest #2, Unaka Mountain Wilderness, Tennessee

This is another photograph that I took in the Unaka Mountain Wilderness Area. I am so drawn to the forest floor in the spring. The may-apple and trillium leaves are just beautiful. The fog created the mysterious feeling I wanted to convey. The combination of the large tree and smaller, younger, trees topped off the scene for me.

Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm (fall with tilt), no filters, f/14 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 250

Processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS3 Extended

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Spring forest, Unaka Mountain Wilderness Area, Tennessee

What a great morning! I really love to spend my days shooting in the mountains when it is fogged in. I love how the forest changes its demeanor when shrouded in fog.

EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm (fall w/ tilt), f/11, 1/30sec

Photo processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS3 Extended