“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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Making Impact

Good morning,

I wanted to talk about making impact with your images. As photographers, we’ve all been taught the rules and suggestions on how to make a better image. I’m not going to get into all of them but I do want to touch on how I approach shooting streams. First and foremost, I strongly believe that you need to have a connection with your subject and for me when shooting water that comes easily. The next thing I do, is look for a swift area with a few protruding rocks which will help to provide depth in my image and this is also a determining factor of where I need to stand. The majority of the time the answer is going to be in the middle of the creek closest to the action. Once I’ve determined where I need to stand, I think about how I need to compose my image by arranging the elements with a balance. Creating a strong balance helps to create a nice flow and continuity in my image. I also prefer a low perspective with my camera pointing downward which helps to emphasize the movement and to create a stronger impact.

Now that I’ve got a composition that I’m happy with, I start thinking about the technical aspects of the shot. I need to, at least be at, a one second exposure. There are several ways to get here and the first being shooting with a tight aperture, say f/16 or f/22. Also, make sure your ISO is low (I use 64 most of the time). I also make sure that I use a polarizer which help to remove glare and slow my exposure time allowing me to get that nice cotton candy look. I should also mention, that my preferred shooting times are early mornings and late evenings or during a soft and overcast day.

These suggestions will certainly get you in the ball park so go out and give it a try!

www.edheaton.com

– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
– Exposure 1 sec
– Aperture f/22
– 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
– NEOS River Trekker Hipper Overshoe
– Manfrotto Imagine More
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The Importance and Effect of Negative Space

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Negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your image (the main subject is known as the “positive space”). For example; the house and tree in this image form the positive space while the sky is the negative space.

Negative space can drastically change the mood and story of your image. Much of the time, negative space is the mood and emotion. It can create a sense of bleakness, desolation, spaciousness and it can strengthen the positive atmosphere in your image. In summary, depending on what story you want to tell, the use of negative space affects it all. It can either emphasize all of these aspects or take away from your main subject if used incorrectly!

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/122
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Welcome Back Ed

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Good Morning,

“Forgive me for I have sinned” just a figure of speech…  But it has been quite some time since my last blog post and to be honest there’s no sense in me being that unenergetic!  Life seems to have a way of changing your plans or preoccupying your main focus. Not to be making excuses, but we had a busy season last year and at the end of that season it was nice to take a break and focus on family. However, now that the new year has kicked off and our workshop season has already started I wanted to keep current with my ramblings and thoughts on my blog.

With one wildly successful winter workshop down, (Blackwater Falls) and our second winter workshop (Letchworth) kicking off next weekend I’m really excited about working and sharing information again.  There is no better feeling than working with people and watching for that “aha” moment when they actually understand and can relate to what you’re teaching.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 14-24mm f/2.8 @14mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • FotoDiox 145mm Polarizer
  • Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1.3 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

www.edheaton.com

THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

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Happy First Day of Autumn,

As summer is quickly ushered out I see the ever present signs of autumn everywhere. Daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, the trees are starting to exhibit their colorful coat of painted glory. The farmers work feverishly to gather the crops as they have done as their fathers before them. The birds and squirrels seem to be working overtime in preparation for the winter months. The sounds and smells of autumn are unmistakably crisp and welcoming. Like an old friend your well-worn sweater accompanies you on those early mornings as you start your daily rituals. Starting a new season is always bittersweet but time stops for no one and life marches on.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – one seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

 

“A View from the Orchard”

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Good morning,

I wanted to start off and wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day weekend.

On Tuesday we had a nice surprise snowstorm blow through the region. I’m sure not many people are as excited about snow as I am but as a photographer it does certainly help clean up and enhance the winters’ stark backdrop. Kelly, Zach and I ran around Lancaster County to capture some of the local flair.

There was something about this scene that screamed my name. I added a texture overlay to give the scene a more artistic feel.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron lens – SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/167
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

The Things People Think

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Good Saturday morning,

This morning Zach and I ran out locally for a quick sunrise shot. If you think about it there are really only a few types of people that are up this early;  photographers, bikers and runners. Well needless to say, while we were shooting several friends of mine that were out biking (I call them the Metzler crew) rode by and of course we got harassed for standing alongside of the road but it’s all in good jest and as they rode away I heard one of the guys say I bet they shot that barn 1000 times. Well maybe not 1000, but we’re certainly well into the hundreds. (lol)

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @50mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Collection by Google
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 0.8 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed