A New Year Begins

 

A New Year Begins

In 2017 the site had problems with downtime. Multiple hacking attacks and ransom ware issues took their toll. It required a lot of time and effort to reclaim, repair and rebuild everything.
During the process of recreating the site, I had plenty of time to think about ways to make it not only more secure but to improve the content as well. I have given a lot of consideration to my goals for the site and how best to achieve them.
So much of what you see in the world these days is negative. We go about our lives with a list of worries too long to recite. Most of the things on that list are outside our personal control, which only adds to our distress.
In my view of the world, I prefer to focus on the things that are Right vs. Wrong. I choose to see the Beautiful vs. the Ugly and to think about the Best, not the Worst.
As part of this philosophy, I would like my site to be a source of positivity and beauty. A place where people may come to view images of natural wonder, think a few uplifting, positive thoughts and move on feeling refreshed not distressed.
With that goal in mind, in 2018 I am taking the blog in a new direction. My focus will be more on creativity and beauty, less on technical and commercial issues.

As you may know, I am a professional artist working in several different mediums, including photography, stained glass, and painting. I have found that there is a commonality to all these mediums and in my opinion to all art forms.
You must first learn to master the basics, the mechanics if you will, of your chosen medium before you may then strike out on your own to express your unique vision of the world.
There are many places where you can learn these basics, things such as how to use a camera on manual settings, how to cut and grind glass, or how to mix almost any color from a limited number of paints on a pallet.

The “ART” part is what’s different.

How do I learn to see what would make a captivating photo? How do I make it look so natural that people feel as if they were standing inside the scene?
What subject can I paint that has not been done before? What vision of reality can I conjure with oils on a canvas?
What glass panel design can I produce that is not already in a pattern book? What pattern of transmitted light can I use sunlight to create?

To paraphrase Edgar Degas, “Art is easy until you know how.”

The easy part of ART includes the tools and equipment. All these physical things can be purchased, owned and used.
The difficult part of ART is the emotion and vision. These intangible things cannot be bought and are best when shared with others.

So… In this New Year, the focus of this blog is changing. It will speak much more to the ART side of things. We will discuss beauty, vision, creativity, emotion, elegance, grace and the journeys these elements take us on.

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.

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.

Monet’s Field

Monet's Field- Impressions
Monet’s Field- Impressions

Summer comes to the land with color.
Shades of green and yellow liven up a landscape.
A breeze moves the grasses and flowers creating
a flow of movement.

Are you ready to capture this moment?
Do you have both the artistic vision and
the technical skills to realize that vision?

You can do this….
Your photographic future is just one click away.
Classes are now forming and will start July 8th.
Take this opportunity to learn the skills you need
to turn your creative vision into great images.
Just use the Paypal link in the right sidebar.
I hope to see you in class next week.

 

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.

New Classes Forming

Trillium
Trillium


Just a reminder that the new term begins in July.

 If you have been looking for great
digital photography classes that combine class room with
a lot of real world shooting experience then this is just for you.

You may sign up using the Paypal link in the right side bar.
Any questions: please use the contact form.
I hope to see you in class.