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.

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.

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.

Photo Classes 2014

Winter Falls Tremont
Winter Falls Tremont

A new year is on the way bringing a new schedule of photo classes.
The next term starts on Jan 6th and runs for 8 weeks.
Are you getting a new camera for Christmas?
Do you already have a nice camera but are unsure
of how to get the most from it?
Looking for a great gift for the family “record keeper”?
Then use the sign up form in the side bar and get in a 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.

New Classes Begin March 4th

Snow Line
Snow Line

If you have ever wanted to learn to “really” use your camera
this is your chance.  The new class term will begin on March 4th.
Come and join us. You will learn:
How to use the manual controls
such as shutter speeds, aperture, white balance, and ISO.
How to “see light” to make great images.
How to compose the image to achieve the greatest impact.
How to use “Depth-OF-Field” to control the sharpness of you image.
And so much more!!!
To sign up: Please use the Paypal link in the right sidebar.  Thanks!!