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.

Think Spring

Good Morning
Good Morning

The days are longer, the temps are rising.
There is a noticeable lack of snow on the ground.
The early flowers have poked up looking for the sun.
And the students are itching to get outside with their new skills.
You can join them by signing up for the new term which starts in May.
Please use the Paypal link in the sidebar.  I hope to see you in class.

Evening on Sparks Lane

Evening Light on Sparks Lane
Evening Light on Sparks Lane

Summer is here.  Everything is ready for a photographer to arrive.

Now, all you need to do is to learn how to “create” an image……
Not to just capture or take a picture, but to really CREATE the image.
There is a world of difference between act of creation
and just making a record photo of what was in front of you.

Summer classes are now forming. The new term starts July 8th.
You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the right sidebar.
I hope to see you in class.

To Touch The Sky

To Touch The Sky
To Touch The Sky

The classes are going full blast now.
With class demos and a lot of student participation.
Out in the field almost every night to practice
the new found skills and create great images.
The students are learning to “Touch The Sky”.

You can learn this way …just use the sign up
form in the right sidebar of this blog.
The next round of classes starts July 8th.

Lingering Light

The same evening, a quarter of a mile down the road from the barn in my last post.
The light is still holding its golden glow. It has taken a long time to get here.
There have been so many interesting vignettes along the way and
of course, I needed to stop and work with each of them.
I am really surprised the light has held for so long. This
day is coming to an end. Now, there is only a tiny piece of sun left….
just the smallest sliver showing over the mountains.
Luck is still with me as  that tiny sliver of sun light is falling right
on the cabin I have been heading for.   There is almost no time left…
Park,  grab the gear and run for the right spot where the sliver of light
is just hitting the cabin wall and emphasizing the warmth of the wood
and the brick fireplace chimney.  The warm light also added depth to the
green leafy surround and the split rail fence in the foreground.
Three images was all the time I had ….and the light show was over
for the day.  The last of the sun disappeared behind the mountains
leaving just the glow from the sky. A great look but without the
spotlighting effect of a bit of direct sunlight.
I was making a few more images, close ups of the cabin,  when I turned
to find a local watching me….
both  of us enjoying the last of the Lingering Light.
I drove home in the dark….leaving the squirrel  to guard the cabin.
A fitting end to the perfect day. 

Oh, almost forgot…New classes begin the week of July 9th.
So, if you would like to learn about lighting, how to use your camera,

composition, or just how to get great images. This is the place for you.
Please use the Paypal link in the right sidebar to sign up.  Thanks!


Luminous Logs

As we slowly came over the rise I could see the light beams gently flowing between the peaks of the mountains.  The haze in the air turning the evening into an even deeper warm glow. We are on the way to the cabin I mentioned in the last post but so much is happening along the way. The sunset tonight feels as though it is lasting much longer than normal. Almost as if the light is “stuck” in the perfect position for me to make great images.

Around every turn there is something new…familiar things made new and exciting by the great light. New things to see and new images to make. This old barn, some thing I have looked at thousands of times before, is now glowing from the inside. “Look, look at me…this is what I can be…this is the beauty I have inside that you have not recognized before.” 

So, of course I was forced to stop and make a portrait of the barn in all her glory.  After all, she did make a very special effort to make herself beautiful just for me.

Happy New Year

It is a new year.
A time when I  think about growing and changing.
A time when I look back over the past year
to see what progress I have made.
Am I a better photographer?  A better business man?
Am I a better person?  A better artist?  A better friend?
A better lover?  A better teacher?
Is there a real difference in any of the above?
OK, that is enough introspection….
time to go make images…..

Enchanted Evening

Last night was the end of the term for my classes.
A new session begins next week.
It has been a good time for 8 weeks with a lot
of learning taking place.

Typically, a class combines both class room or field work
( or both) and post processing work on the computer.
The students get a chance to see the finished work
right after creating the image.  A really good way to learn.

If you are interested in learning to become a better
photographer, sign up for a class.  Look on the right
side bar of this blog.
Any questions??  Send me an email.