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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Going with the Flow by guest blogger Don McGowan

Late one afternoon this past week I drove slowly up Little River Road looking for the gold and blue reflections for which this stream is so widely known, especially in spring: blue from the sky and gold from last year’s leaf litter which covers the opposite, sun-drenched banks of the gorge. In a place where the bottom was shallow and rocky, with boulders near the surface but not actually breaking it, I found the flow I was looking for: small continuous ripples and standing waves. The area was in open shade across from a well-lit section of forest covered in golden leaf-litter and open to blue sky overhead. As I observed I found an area where the flow seemed to create a repeating “V” above which small standing waves curled back on themselves. I polarized the scene slightly to reduce the harshest surface glare without polarizing away the wonderful gold and blue colors being reflected. A focal length of 285mm isolated just the area I wanted. An aperture of f/8 gave me enough depth-of-field to create a narrow band of apparent sharpness, and a shutter speed of 1/8th second at ISO 200 gave me a visual flow which was neither blurred nor critically sharp, but smooth with detail.

Reprinted with permission from Image for the Asking.

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Bob says, “Thanks”

Bob says, “Thanks”

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So, Just who are the Lens Luggers

Hi all,

I am asked who we are sometimes, so for the benefit of our guests and to remind ourselves, this probably says it Lens luggers Award Think Tank Bag to Duke Miller Lens Lugger Beverly Slone ©BGrytten

Beverly Slone & Charles Johnson at Looking Glass Falls

Beverly Slone & Charles Johnson at Looking Glass Falls

best, as found on Linkiden.

Photography either becomes an dogged activity about finding something to photograph, selecting a beloved lens, setting apertures, shutter speeds and ISO’s, focusing, adjusting, refocusing and finally when the picture looks just right releasing the shutter or doing a dance of life – celebrating, emerging ourselves in the exploration with the camera becoming our tool to record our adventure. Here at Lens Lugger World, we encourage the dance – the Art of Photography. We do; however, bring the technical part of photography along but, learn and apply it along the way – like eating an elephant – one bite at a time.

So when one enrolls in a Field Photography Program they will find themselves in a hands-on active program. We will be doing the dance. And for those who have been through the program before, they most likely be finding something to photograph apart from the smaller group. That is their choice. And they know they are always welcome to join the smaller group or ask about something of their choice.

Everyone grows at their own pace. So, we practice an individual approach when in the field, so we can better fill in the places to help as needed. When we rejoin on Tuesday Evenings, everyone joins in the discussion. Were usually fortunate to have the veterans share their perspective and help to gently guide the discussion toward what helps and image communicate better. There is seldom a good or bad image, as we always learn from practice. When an outstanding example comes up, the technique and process is usually shared, if the author knows why. If not, it reminds us that often our intuition plays an important role. So both left brained and right brained experiences are OK and welcome.

For those signed up for the May 5- June 2, 2015, this will provide an idea of what to expect. For those who have wondered about what we do, let me assure you it becomes apparent in the field, with joyous expression. So, where ever you are…

Lens luggers at Foto Fest 2010.jpg   Pictured, Kevin Adams, Beverly Slone, Linda Vannetta, Duke Miller, Bob McIntyre , deceasd, Bob Grytten kneeling
FotoFest #1 2010

Happy shooting,

Bob

Bob Grytten
Lens Lugger Photographic Association
PO Box 1153
Waynesville, NC 28786
828.627.0245
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