“Grassroots – Ramblings from the Smokies”

Good morning and happy Easter weekend,

Well, we finished up our much-anticipated and needed week in the great Smoky Mountains. We enjoyed our time and focused (no pun intended) on some of the most picturesque landscapes the Appalachians have to offer.

I titled this post “Grassroots” for a good reason because this is where I feel my photography career/passion started. Oh, don’t get me wrong I’ve been photographing since high school which in my case is quite some time now (lol). You know, back in the film days (early 70’s) before digital photography was actually invented.

We shot everything that was offered to us, amazing overlooks, extraordinary flowers and some of the most abundant and pristine creeks I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting. As far as I’m concerned, the Great Smoky Mountains have some of the most diverse scenes a landscape photographer could ask for. We met up with some great friends and made a few new ones as well and I must say this was truly time well spent!  A special thanks to Kelly and Zach for joining me on this amazing adventure and spiritual journey.

Best of Light,

Ed
www.edheaton.com

– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
– Exposure 6 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Columbia Sportswear
– Asolo
– Manfrotto Imagine More
– Fotodiox

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“Invigorated – Ramblings from the Smokies”

Well, it’s been a great couple of days here in the Smokies.  Yesterday morning we explored the Cove and believe it or not we were the only ones on Spark’s Lane (I think that’s a first for me). A little early for the leaves but with these warm temps I’m sure it won’t be long. Then after a little downtime during the mid-day light we headed out to shoot along Little River road. We visited our favorite spots along the river and enjoyed chatting about life and how very blessed we are!

I’m very thankful for my family and friends and how the business has prospered. The photography business has been an incredible creative opportunity and I’m so thankful for all the amazing friends I’ve made along the way.

Before I sign-off I wanted to share some gear talk…  If you shoot as many creeks and streams as I do you will soon realize that a good pair of waders can be your best friend. Now, some of you may be curious as to what type of waders I actually use.  I have several different ones that I use, felt bottomed Chest Waders, and two different types of hip waders. The current ones that I have here in the Smokies are the Neos Overshoe Hip Waders. They are convenient and they slip over your hiking boot which helps to not have to remove your boots everytime. I hate to say it but they do weap a little water but not enough to get your feet soaked.  I think my favorites are felt bottom boot hip waders.  They are much more sure-footed with the felt soles but you do have to remove your boot to use them . But be mindful the felt soles are outlawed in some states.  I have to add a disclaimer – if you walk in the water with your gear there’s a chance that you will fall in and get everything wet, so be careful.

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– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @36mm
– Exposure 2 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Columbia Sportswear
– Asolo S.p.A.
– Manfrotto
– Fotodiox Inc..
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“Rejuvenate – Ramblings from the Smokies”

We arrived on Friday for our much-anticipated annual visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. It was cold the first day, low 30’s in the morning but making it into the mid 40’s by mid day. Luckily as the days progress thing are slowing warming to where you can work with only a light jacket.

On our first working day (Saturday) we spent all morning at Roaring Forks shooting the creeks and streams and being overcast didn’t hurt a bit. As most of you already know this is a subject that is high on my list. There’s a sense of calm that comes over me when I have a chance to work around water.

We finished the morning with breakfast at the Log Cabin Pancake House and a mid-day break before heading back out to shoot at Morton’s Overlook for sunset. We left early making an afternoon of it by taking a picnic dinner that we enjoyed on the mountain side while we waited. Also, I forgot to mention that we had two good friends (Jerry and George) join us spending the time chatting and storytelling which in my book is time well spent.

Stay tuned as I’ll do my best to keep the ramblings going for the coming week.
www.edheaton.com

– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @24mm
– Exposure 10 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Columbia Sportswear
– Asolo S.p.A.
– Manfrotto Imagine More
– Fotodiox Inc.

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“Pink Lady Slipper”

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I found this “Pink Lady Slipper” in the Great Smoky Mountains with the help of my good friend David Akoubian. My hat’s off to David because it is a real treat now days that two professionals can work and share information as well as we do!

I shot 5 images at different focal points then stacked the 5 images using Helicon Focus to maintain as much sharpness in the flowers as I could while still blurring my background.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –(New) SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Helicon Focus
  • Exposure – 1/90 seconds
  • Aperture – f/3.8
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Autumn in the Smoky Mountains

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Zach, Kelly and I just finished up a week long adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This was a personal trip and when you’re on your own (without a workshop) it’s always more laid back.  Don’t get me wrong I love teaching and enjoy working with people but there’s something refreshing about not being on a schedule (lol). You always see someone you know when you’re out shooting in an iconic area and this trip was no different. I ran into several old friends and made some news ones as well.

This image was when we first arrived in the park and the colors were only starting to change. To be honest I was afraid we wouldn’t get much color before we left. Thankfully mother nature cooperated and the colors were absolutely beautiful just before we left allowing us to capture mother natures amazing display!

Stay tuned for more images from the Smokies 🙂

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens SP 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Gitzo GT3542XLS Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizing Filter
  • Lexar Memory Cards
  • Cable Release
  • Nik Software
  • 24mm Focal Length
  • Exposure 15 seconds
  • Aperture f/16
  • ISO 64
  • Exposure Mode — Manual
  • Matrix Metering

Best of Light,

Ed

 

“Maidenhair Fern”

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Good morning,
“Maidenhair Fern” – During our workshop in the Smokies I had the chance to work on some close-up images of this cool fern. The goal was to find one that was far enough away from the background allowing me to blur or mute any distraction. It was challenging to say the least.

Metadata:
• Nikon D800
• Tamron lens –70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @ 155mm
• Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
• Singh Ray Filters
• Lexar CF Card
• Topaz Labs
• Exposure – 1/180 seconds
• Aperture – f/2.8
• ISO – 100
• Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Capturing the Mood

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Good evening,

Creating a successful image is when you can capture mood and atmosphere of a scene and convey to the viewer what you are seeing and feeling at the moment you create the image. So communicating your feelings and mood requires you, the photographer, to answer a few questions. Do I want the scene a little darker creating a mystical mood or do I want to shoot the image as the meter indicates crafting a more neutral image? Then there’s how much depth of field do I want? There are many variables that go into creating a solid and successful image and those are just a couple. When we arrived on the scene (Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains) the first thing that caught my attention was the fog and how it was drifting along the river, so naturally I opted to shoot this image slightly on the darker or underexposed side hoping to illustrate the ambiance.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @ 24mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray LB Color  Combo Polarizer
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed