More from Lens Lugger Spring photo shoots…

Looking Glass Falls, by Dan Dry “Taken with my galaxy tab 2,adjusted the color settings to bring the blue out in the falls.”

Looking Glass Falls, by Dan Dry “Taken with my galaxy tab 2,adjusted the color settings to bring the blue out in the falls.”

 

Louis Sasso, Dan Dry and Bob Grytten shoot Looking Glass Falls by Charles Johnson. No Camera settings are recorded

Louis Sasso, Dan Dry and Bob Grytten shoot Looking Glass Falls by Charles Johnson. No Camera settings are recorded

These images are from the two last field shoots during the May – June 2015 Field Photography Program.

 

 

 

C. Coburn & L.Sasso excercise their cameras. Settings: Nikon D300 camera, Nikon 18-200mm lens set at 60mm, Aperture Priority f/5, 1/200 sec, -2.0EV, center weighted metering, white balance set for “clowdy,”

C. Coburn & L.Sasso excercise their cameras. Settings: Nikon D300 camera, Nikon 18-200mm lens set at 60mm, Aperture Priority f/5, 1/200 sec, -2.0EV, center weighted metering, white balance set for “cloudy.”

 

The next shoot, involved a tune up stop along Rt 215 during a brief misty flow.

 

 

 

 

Pigeon River and Rock w Mountain Laurel by Bob Grytten. Settings: Nikon D90, with 18-200,, lens set at 48mm, Aperture Priority,  f/5.6, 1/40 sec, -1.0EV, Matrix metering

Pigeon River and Rock w Mountain Laurel by Bob Grytten. Settings: Nikon D90, with 18-200,, lens set at 48mm, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/40 sec, -1.0EV, Matrix metering

 

 

Next stop, Pigeon River at Sunburst campground near Lake Logan. River flow through Rock Formations challenge the photographer.

 

 

Sunny skies round out the balance of the morning. This offered opportunities to discuss landscape shooting with challenging light and the use of Split Level Graduated Neutral Density filter.

Diane photographing the clouds

 

In this image, the sky and reflection off the grass provide a balance of exposure and can almost be shot straight on with effective results. If including the sky in an overwhelming amount, a SLGND filter can hold back the brightness of the sky to provide good exposure and detail in the foreground.

Not to be overlooked is the colorful hat of the model.

Group poses at overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway,

Group poses at overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Settings: Nikon d90, on tripod with flash and delayed shutter release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more photo tips at bobgrytten.com. and www.lensluggerworld.com.

 

 

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More form Cataloochee Field shoot

Cataloochee Valley 1 by Lewis Sasso Settings: Nikon D5300, 140mm, Aperture Priority, f/16, 1/80 sec, 00EV,

Cataloochee Valley 1 by Lewis Sasso Settings: Nikon D5300, 140mm, Aperture Priority, f/16, 1/80 sec, 00EV,

Images from Cataloochee Vally shoot, Field shoot three of four…

I really like this capture. The mist in the lower area set’s it off.

Also, the dark tree comes forward providing an almost 3D look. Congratulations to the photographer.

Cataloochee Valley 2 by Lousis Sasso, Settings: Nikon D5300, 140mm, Aperture Priority, f/29, 1/120 sec, 00EV, Matrix metering

Cataloochee Valley 2 by Lousis Sasso, Settings: Nikon D5300, 140mm, Aperture Priority, f/29, 1/120 sec, 00EV, Matrix metering

This next one includes a person shooting which takes the place of words. Well done, as there is good exposure and composition. Using the rule of thirds the artist placed the photographer on the left axis, and the deer in the upper right close to where the axis lines would cross.

 

 

 

Cataloochee Valley #3 by Louis Sasso. Settings: Nikon D5300, 52mm, Aperture Priority, f/16, 2.5 sec, 00EV, Matrix metering

Cataloochee Valley #3 by Louis Sasso. Settings: Nikon D5300, 52mm, Aperture Priority, f/16, 2.5 sec, 00EV, Matrix metering

A bonus shot is a study of water patterns with effective sharpness of the rocks and just the right amount of shutter speed to show the water flow.

 

Also, using three rocks the artist keeps the viewer’s eye in the frame to gain extra information and interest.

 

For more tips and examples got to wwwlensluggerworld.com

Bob says, “Thanks”

Bob says, “Thanks”

 

 

 

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Elk in Mist, Lens luggers Field Shoot

Sometimes we get lucky and find and find the elk in mist. It’s a special event, being so close to nature with all the elements…

Brunch at Cataloochee Valley. Charles Johnson standing, Louis Sasso-seated and Beverly Slone.

Brunch at Cataloochee Valley. Charles Johnson standing, Louis Sasso seated and Beverly Slone.

When ever we go the Cataloochee Valley for the elk we have to depart Waynesville Early , so after the Elk go in we treat ourselves to brunch.

That’s Charlie Johnson and Bev Slone standing and Louis Sasoon

More coming…

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Wild Turkey Roam in Wild, Elk get ready in North Carolina

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What a wonderful World…

Thanks to the many that have contributed, we have much to be thankful for, beginning with this short clip, Bob Orlopp found…

Next, Louis Sasso sends his vision of a place the group photographed last week, Looking Glass Falls.

Have a wonderfull day…

Louis Sasso's Looking Glass Falls

Louis Sasso’s Looking Glass Falls

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Thinking of upgrading your Camera?

Gobler Turkey at Cataloochee Valley with Sony a6000 on tripod with 55-210mm lens at 210mm, Programed Auto, 1/160 sec., f/6.3

Gobbler Turkey at Cataloochee Valley with Sony a6000 on tripod with 55-210mm lens at 210mm, Programmed Auto, 1/160 sec., f/6.3

If you are thinking of upgrading your camera, first ask yourself, WHY? A recent discussion by Darlene prompted this piece. Her link will be at the end of our discussion.

Ask yourself, what am I shooting now and what do I plan to be doing in the future?

It may not be realistic to  expect to see a huge uptick in our work just by upgrading.

Right now, I’m working through the rigors of a new, to me, Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera (not Full Frame). For me it’s not the most fun. I think this is a mini computer with a lens attachment.

Yellow Iris photographed with Nikon D300 and 80-200mm f/.8 lens

Yellow Iris photographed with Nikon D300 and 80-200mm f/.8 lens

It is not performing as well as, well, my old friendly camera and super f2.8 lens, that I just grab and throw on the tripod and shoot away. Friendliness has virtue. Like an old boot.

But I will stay with it. It is fantastic for Video and the stills are pretty good, different, but quite good. The turkey above was shot with it yesterday.

Should I just go to the Full Frame Nikon? It has upgraded its video feature, which I like to do. But that means adding expensive new FX lenses.

Mountain Mist, Great Smoky Mountain Natl ParkPart of my dilemma was that a recent unintended flurry of sales of a large very large size, 30″x 48″ print, pictured here.  It was captured with my first DSLR. That camera had only 6MP and the len used was a kit lens that I never thought was particularly sharp. When I looked back to see what I had used I was amazed.

However, when evaluating the image further, we recognize some design elements which may account for the interest in it. Notice the triangles, using the edges. There are actually four triangles if counting the top one, and of course the mist gives it some sizzle. I wasn’t consciously aware of these design elements at the time. As most of you know by now, my “mantra” is just to be there. The strongest images will appear. So, perhaps a look at what & how we’re doing what we do is in order.

I think most every relatively new camera today is pretty well sufficient to make excellent images. The rest may be up to us. Now for the most pertinent Darlene article, 7 Questions to Ask Before You Upgrade to a Full Frame Camera Body

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Second Field Shoot… Pink Shell Azalea

Pink Shell Azaela by Chuck Coburn

Pink Shell Azalea by Chuck Coburn

The pink-shell azalea is native only to North Carolina, (Azalea vaseyi). These delicate pink blossoms usually appear in May and are considered globally endangered with less that 100 populations known to exist in the world.

Louis Sasso Photographs Pink Shell Azaelea. Photo by Bob Grytten

Louis Sasso Photographs Pink Shell Azalea. Photo by Bob Grytten

It kept us busy for a while then on to Looking Glass falls.

Looking Glass Falls with Dan Dry (crouching behind rock). Photo by Bob Grytten

Looking Glass Falls with Dan Dry (crouching behind rock). Photo by Bob Grytten

 

 

 

 

 

Rich spring green reflects everywhere. Mist and higher water created interesting photo ops.

four of the group pause to discuss the morning shoot. L to R. Bob Grytten, Dan Dry, Michael Ritter, :ouis Sasso

Four of the group pause to discuss the morning shoot. L to R. Bob Grytten, Dan Dry, Michael Ritter and Louis Sasso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunately, crowds remained small, but those who were there became willing models…

Looking Glass Falls with models

 

 

 

 

Next shoot Wed May 20,  will be the Elk of Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Here’s a a brief preview from a recent scouting trip…

Gobbler Turkey, Cat V.

Gobbler Turkey, Cat V.

 

 

 

 

Many Gobblers were sighted and I was lucky to have one approach this close although I was using a 300mm lens.

Bull Elk in Velvet, Cat. V.

Bull Elk in Velvet, Cat. V.

I happened on this big guy ELK while scouting a location for our brunch.

Space is full for this trip but we are taking back ups or can put your name on list for upcoming trips. Contact Bob Grytten at bobgry@aol.com

Elk amongst Turkey, CaTaloochee Valley, NC  Bob Grytten Photo

Elk amongst Turkey, Cataloochee Valley, NC
Bob Grytten Photo

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Smart phone Photography. How I did it by Dan Dry

Traveling the Back Roads by Dan Dry

Traveling the Back Roads by Dan Dry

Sent: Mon, May 11, 2015 7:40 pm
Subject: Watermarked Image how I did it? I travel the back roads and whip out my Samsung galaxy s5 and adjust the mode. This was shot with the beauty face, which magnifies the closest blooms. No photo editing was done, just me crawling through the weeds and fire away. I tried to post on our site but could not do it. See yall Wednesday

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Images from First Field shoot, a sense of place…

On Wednesdays, Lens Luggers ventured out to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Here are the first of the images sent in by Louis Sasso. Comments are invited.

Louis Sasso  Water flow at 600 PX 72DPI

Image # 1 Louis Sasso Water flow GSMNP

Flora, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, by L.Sasso, 140mm Lens, f:5.6, 1:60Sec,

Flora, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, by L.Sasso, 140mm Lens, f:5.6, 1:60Sec,

L. Sasso Water flow #2 Aperture Priority, 50MM, f:8, 1:5 sec

L. Sasso Water flow #2 Aperture Priority, 50MM, f:8, 1:5 sec

L.Sasso, 80mm, f/8, 1/5 sec

L.Sasso, 80mm, f/8, 1/5 sec

L.Sasso, Water flows #3, 105mm, f8, 1:6 sec

L.Sasso, Water flows #3, 105mm, f8, 1:6 sec

L.Sasso, Waterflows #4, 60mm, f:29, 2.5Sec

L.Sasso, Waterflows #4, 60mm, f:29, 2.5Sec

While there are three water flows listed here, each one offers a different feel, or sense of place. The camera settings have been included. The relationship between Aperture and Shutter speed is obvious. All shot at Aperture Priority, so the only changes with each scene is the depth of field, adjusted by changing the aperture. The shutter speed changes automatically, effecting how long the shutter stays open, the difference in how the water looks.

The second images, flora, also taken at Aperture Priority with a longer lens, with aperture open to its greatest, and getting close to the subject, causes the background to go soft. This effect helps showcase the subject.

All images require a tripod. For more information go to the Digital School of Photography.

Enjoy… The artist asks that we provide feed back on the images – sort of a group critique. It can be done by commenting below.

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Watching Tad Poles…

This afternoon, in the back yard, with my new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera and 55-210mm lens I filmed these guys, wondering what would be next for them. If they could talk what would they be saying…

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