Super Moon

Last night I stood out on my deck with my Nikon D800 and Nikkor 200-400 lens, and took a few photos of the moon. This wound up being one of my favorite images.

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ISO 400, 1/400 second at f/11. Lens racked out to 400 mm, with camera set on DX crop for an effective focal length of 600mm. Image was cropped in Photoshop and sharpened slightly.

I tried adding my 2x teleconverter for an effective focal length of 1200mm, but no matter what I did, I wasn’t able to get a reasonably sharp image.

Maria Glamour

Here is a photo that I took a couple days ago of the lovely Maria in my studio. Taken against dark gray seamless paper using a Nikon D4 and Nikkor 70-200 lens.

Columns and red material were purchased at my local Hobby Lobby.

Maria: Glamour in the Studio
Maria: Glamour in the Studio

Mini Waterfall in the Tremont area of Great Smoky Mountain National Park

For Memorial Day weekend, I took my wife to Gatlinburg, TN for the long weekend. It turns out due to all the holiday traffic, it may have been a mistake to stay at a hotel on the parkway during the holiday weekend, but we had never stayed on the strip so we thought it might be an interesting experience.

We spent some time hiking in the mountains, going to Dollywood, shopping, eating, and just relaxing. On the drive home on Memorial Day morning, we drove up the road in the Treemont area of GSMNP. A creek follows the road, sometimes crossing under the road from one side to the other. Almost at the very end of the road, there’s a rather unique waterfall, which I also photographed almost a year ago while there with my friend Bill Fortney:

Smoky Mountain Creek

To get to this vantage point, you have to carefully pick your way down a rather steep embankment from the road to the water. The above shot was taken while sitting on the foreground rock.

Anyway, I wanted to share this area with my wife, so the two of us climbed down to the rock and took some very similar photos to the one you see above. I was shooting my Nikon D800 with a 16-35 lens, and my wife had her Nikon D7000 with the 18-200 kit lens attached.

As I looked around, I saw a mini waterfall a little ways past this waterfall and off to the left. I walked as far as I could towards the smaller waterfall while still keeping dry, but my 16-35 lens was way too wide to get the shot that I wanted. I borrowed my wife’s camera and racked all the way out to 200mm to get this shot:

Tremont Mini Waterfall
Tremont Mini Waterfall

With the fast-moving water, an exposure time of just under a second was enough to provide a nice, flowing effect.

Horseshoe Bend, Page AZ

I was in Page, Arizona for the latter half of this week while attending Bill Fortney’s Southwest Tour and Workshop. Yesterday we went to Horseshoe Bend around sunrise, and having a fear of heights, I hung far back from the edge of the cliff. Instead, I turned my camera to the left and was able to capture this rather colorful scene.

A different view of Horseshoe Bend

After a while, I was able to muster up a little bit of courage, and managed to get within three feet or so of the edge of the cliff overlooking Horseshoe Bend. This image provides a more conventional look at Horseshoe Bend.

Horseshoe Bend

It’s interesting to note that these two images were taken with Nikon’s D800 digital camera. In the bottom image, at full size you can clearly see the people walking around down by the river. Now that’s high resolution!