A great place to shoot . . .
. . . and shoot, ..and shoot.
Established on June 14, 1934, The Great Smoky Mountains is a National Park consisting of an amazing 816 square miles. Just recently I had the opportunity to visit and photograph this stunning park.
The number of beautifully perfect scenic locations is a bit overwhelming. It is ultimate place for Infrared photography.
If you are considering an Infrared shoot there, I have a few suggestions.
– Bring a tripod, always. These locations can make for wonderful Infrared HDR.
Here’s an example. Now I admit it, I got a little carried away with the Auto Exposure Bracketing capability of the Canon 7DMKII and shot a 7 exposure series likes this.
However, from those I was able to create this.
Everything in this piece was made with a Canon 7DMKII converted to Super Color Infrared.
– Do not over pack your camera bag or backpack
I always like to include things in my bag,…. just in case. After a few miles of hiking, uphill, on uneven terrain, 20 lbs of dead weight on your back is a bit much.
Yes, I was whiny by the time I got to this waterfall, but the trip was worth it.
As a side note, I shot this image very low and White Balanced using the water as a reference.
Which takes me to the next point
-White Balance,…………… often!
I know the issue of White Balance is a sore subject with many IR photographers, but I found I need to White Balance quite a bit. As I moved from place to place, the lighting conditions changed. It only takes a minute, but can make such a difference.
I was able to easily make these
And from this
I was able to get this
-Wear clothing and shoes you can get dirty in
I had to climb down a group of slimy, dirty boulders to get the right angle for this set of 3 exposures.
But I think it was worth it to get this Infrared HDR
-Be prepared to shoot all the time
I was setting up for a simple scenic image, when a huge Crow decided to stop for a rest. That made the shot.
-Bring a Wide Angle lens
My go to lens for this entire trip was the Tamron SP AF 10-24 f3.5-4.5 Di ll I have had this lens for years and it consistently provides me with great images, no hotspots, and little to no side distortion.
As a side note, Tamron has an amazing 6 year warranty on their lenses. I used this lens,….. to death and after 5 years literally wore it out. Tamron replaced the lens. That is impressive.
-Bring lots of memory cards and storage
It is very easy to run up a high image count when you are shooting an area as stunning as this. I had several days that my image numbers were 4 digits. External hard drives have dropped in price and make it easy to save all those great images.
So, If you are looking for a great place to shoot, consider the Great Smoky Mountains. I know I will be going back next year with a group.
Here’s one last image
And ……..YES I did remove the Horses,….ear from the bottom right hand side of the image.
What did you think I was going to say?