Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ogle Family Farmhouse

Hard to imagine living in this drafty log house through a cold mountain winter. This is a single shot. Black and White conversion in Silver Effects Pro. 

Mossy Rocks

From the Treemont area. Even the rocks are green!

Lensbaby Truck

My first Lens Baby shot. This old Dodge has been sitting here a loooonng time. The wheels have sunk into the ground a good 6 inches.

Smoky Mountain Workshop

Wrapped up the workshop with Tony Sweet today. Great time, learned a lot. About 50/50 shooting and software training. This one for example is two images blended in photoshop- a technique I learned this week. If green is your color, now is the time to head to the mountains.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mountains and Fog

One of the subjects many go to the Smoky Mountains are the wide mountain vistas and fog the park is famous for. My last trip did not experience fog until the last morning. When the conditions are right the fog fills the valleys and can be hundreds of feet thick. Looking forward to more fog this time around.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yoke at High Noon

_DSC9298nx crop12x18 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

I'll be heading back to the Smokies for a workshop with Tony Sweet this weekend. I thought I would share a pic from my last trip there 2 years ago. This yoke was was hanging in a barn at Cable Mill. The shot was made by underexposing considerably and lighting the yoke with a gelled and snooted flash. The counter intuitive aspect of flash is that flash allows you to take away light in this manner. I won first place in a photo show with this one and the judges were shocked to learn how it was made. Another workshop participant, John Church, and I collaborated on this as we had just finished ready Joe McNally's Hot Shoe Diaries book. Looking forward to going back to the Smoky National Park.

Washington, DC at night

_DSC1289_DxO web, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.

Went to the Low Light and Night Meetup Group a couple of weeks ago. Caught a ride with Robert- thanks. This was one of my favorites from the night and I have to give Robert credit for spotting the shot. This is the Vietnam War Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dandelion Dew

_DSC0465_DxO topaz nx 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.
Been wanting to grab a dandelion shot all spring and finally got around to it last week on the way to work. Shot with a 105 macro lens, hand held. In a breeze. With two strikes against me (a windy macro shot without a tripod) I was happy to get one half way sharp. Pushed the ISO up in order to maintain a faster shutter speed. I also like the black/white version. Black & White is the category for the Club critique night next week. It will be interesting to see what the judge thinks of this one-

 Color or B/W: Which do you prefer?