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.

Why Take A Photo Class ??

Smoky Mountain Bridge
Smoky Mountain Bridge

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,  get togethers, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.

Start Learning Today!!    
The new term starts on March 4th…You may sign up by using the Paypal button located in the right sidebar.   I hope to see you in class.

Portal Path

Taken the other day around a local park. It seems that everything is blooming already. I just love pathways, portals, trails, bridges, and old barns. They are so expressive. They just speak to me of past generations, of others who came before and who left their footprints for us to follow.
It is how we best learn. Not by trying to reinvent the wheel but by standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before. Not by striking out on our own but by attending a class and learning as a group the time tested methods that work. After we have learned, we then go  off and create new things to pass on to the next generation.  It is the way of learning.
You can partake of this learning by using the signup form in the right sidebar of this blog. New classes are starting the week of May 7th.
I hope to see you in class. 

Bike Bridge

Spring flowers and a bridge on the bike trail.

From a local park where I take students for composition studies.
This is also a nice place for portraiture in the advanced topics class.

 Just a reminder: the next term of classes begins May 7th.
If you would like to really learn how to create great images
this is the right time to enroll.  
Please use the Paypal link in the right sidebar.

Shadow Solution

This walkway over what the locals call “Hawg Creek” is part of a bike path that runs along the river in Lima.  It is nice to see the old rail road tracks being used for the betterment of the community. The “Rails to Trails” program is a big thing here in Xenia
and across the state.
You can now travel all over the state of Ohio by bicycle on these trails. A really cool concept.
Late afternoon light and a bit of imagination  produced this image.    Enjoy!

First Of Fall

Over & Under

Some of the first of the fall color.
It has been a bit slower to arrive here in mid- Ohio.
But, now is the time for me to start going out every day.

Like many other photographers, this is my favorite
season. The crisp air, the great light, the color.
All the things that make for a great photographic experience.

I will be sharing more with you later.
Now, back to work.

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St Rt 224 Ohio

— Lace Work Lane —

This bridge, in Gilboa, Ohio,
has not been in use for years.
Blocked off from vehicle traffic,
overtaken by flowers, it is now more
photo worthy than when it was new.

It is more difficult to find good subjects
on well traveled roads
or in tourist spots particularly
if what you want is something
different. All of the easy ones have been done.
You really need to look.

Case in point:
While we were working the Area
in and around Gilboa, a lady pulls up
and gets out with her camera.
She tells us that she is
doing the same thing that we are
and we tell her”welcome”.
She takes one or two photos,
gets back into her car and leaves.
She really was not doing
the same thing that we were.
She took the easy shot, we worked at it.

Nothing good comes for free,
you need to work at it.
Find a different view, change lenses,
use diffusion,
change the white balance,
move the zoom while
using a long exposure time,
or kick the tripod
while the shutter is open.
Pretend that you are a cat..
what would you
see from that viewpoint?

if it was easy, anyone would do it.
And they probably have.

Sometimes You Get Lucky

Another from the road trip.
Driving along St Rt 224 in Ohio we looked over
just in time to see this reminder of days gone by.
Pulling the car over, jumping out, and attacking
this old bridge support with two cameras and a
variety of lenses, the two of us saved a record
of a long ago time.

I wonder what train or road went over this support.
Who used it, what were their hopes and dreams?
Did they cross this with their families?
Did the children like to play on this structure
when it was not in use and what games did they invent?

Of course, we cannot see into the past or the future.
All we have is the present moment
so let’s fill it with love and peace.