Spring Flowers in the Smoky Mountains

Spring flowers in sunlight at Cades Cove

It is pushing 80* right now down here in the mountains.
Not bad for the end of February.
Now, picture in your minds eye driving through Cades Cove and seeing a bright spot of light off to your left.
Pull over to get a closer look, and find some daffodils blooming in a spot of sunlight.
You would do the same thing that I did…get out your camera and create this image.
I just had to share.

Why take a Photo Class ?

Route 5

Why take a photo class?

Do you own a digital camera but are so overwhelmed by all the bells, whistles, and buttons that you give up and leave it set on automatic?
Would you like to be able to make excellent images instead of the average snapshots you get from the automatic settings?
On the first night of one of my beginning classes, a student expressed the opinion that he took good photos. After 3 lessons the same student stated that he now realized what a good photo looked like and that his work was greatly improving.
One of the primary reasons to take a photo class is to learn to appreciate and identify a quality image. This gives you a tangible goal to aim for.
A second reason is to learn the technical information required to create a quality image. An excellent result is based on proper knowledge and correct application of photographic principles.
A third reason is to receive feedback and support as you develop your photographic talents. A good instructor will guide you to create your best work.
The last but not least is to HAVE FUN!  Enjoy and share your photos of family holidays, reunions, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.
The next session of classes begins Jan 2nd. You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the right sidebar. I hope to see you in class.

Greenbriar Glow

sunset over Greenbriar in the Smoky Mountains
Sunset over Greenbriar in the Smoky Mountains


To be in the right place at the right time is the responsibility of the professional photographer.
Knowing what to do when you are there is the next big thing.
Then taking the image into post processing to achieve the previsualized result is the last step.
When everything works just right….a really stunning image can be the result.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together.

This is a sunset over the river in the Greenbriar section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It took several days until all the elements of the image were in the correct place for what I had in mind.  

This image is available in several sizes in our gallery. It is also available as a metal print for the most impact.

When you are next in the Smokys be sure to drop into the gallery. We are located at 744 Powdermill Road. Just off of Glades Road on the Historic Artist’s Loop in Gatlinburg.

Urban Artifacts

“A perfect day for a road trip.”  My friend told me as we were headed out with our cameras.
It turned out that he was correct. Not only did the day, read weather, work out very well but
the subject matter was the type of old, rusted, gritty, weatherbeaten, urban artifacts that I love to work with.
A bit of contrast was all that was needed to tell the story of a hard working truck that had seen better days.
Here are a couple from the day.

Urban Artifacts
Terminal Truck Cab

 

Urban Artifacts
Terminal Truck

Cades Cove View

 

Wetland Wonder
Wetland Wonder

We arrived in town with just enough time before dark to take a drive through Cades Cove in the Great SmokyMountains. With the rain pouring down we had the place all to ourselves, which is a rare treat now that the season has officially started. This is a wet view from the Cove with storm clouds and a bit of rain in the background.
This trip we have placed a lot of new stock in the gallery. If you are in the Smokys drop by to see more of my work. Our gallery space is inside  Smoky Mountain Pottery, located at 744 Powdermill Road just off of Glades Road, the Artist Loop in Gatlinburg.

Happy Holidays

Holiday Highway

Wishing you Happy Holidays from Stephen Carl Photography.
This bridge, decked out for the holidays, is located just outside the
Greenbriar entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The print of it, called Holiday Highway, is a best seller for me.
It is available on my Etsy site or, if you are visiting the Smoky Mountains,
you may purchase a copy at the Smoky Mountain Pottery store.
Located on the Arts & Craft loop in Gatlinburg.

If you are anywhere close to Dayton, Ohio…
remember that my photography classes start on Jan 4th  2016.
You may sign up here in the right sidebar by using the Paypal link.

Valley View

Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains
With autumn on the way don’t you want to be out taking wonderful photos of natures’  beauty?  

You can learn to take great photographs in just a short amount of time.
Just sign up for the next round of classes. 

The new term starts on October 12th. Just two weeks away so, do not wait…
Go over to the right sidebar to the Paypal button and register for the next class.

Misty Memories

Log Cabin in Fog on Blue Ridge Parkway
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Misty Memories,  Does this image stir up memories for you?
Did you ever wonder how long it takes to get a good image??
This is a good example of the process…..
It took three years to capture this image of a cabin in the fog along the Blue Ridge Parkway. When I saw it the first time it was OK, but no fog….1 year later it was pouring down rain….1 year later it was so foggy that the road was closed….at last, after 3 years it was just right. Yes, the road was closed and we had to walk about a mile to get to it but I think it was worth all the trouble. This is the image I saw in my head three years before.

Photo Field Trip

Rock Wall & Tree at Hocking Hills
Rock Wall & Tree at Hocking Hills

This years autumn field trip was almost perfect.
A slight overcast, cool and crisp temps.

Great color and a couple for portraits.
A wonderful learning experience for the students.

There are a few openings for the next class term beginning on October 27th.
Please use the Paypal button in the sidebar to sign up.