Posts Tagged ‘Bill Campbell Photography’

Creative Photography Page 4: HDR Effects

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While I was going through some of me images from Ireland, I came across image of a cross with an abbey in the background. I had shoot this as a 3 image HDR. When I was putting them together, I was playing with the different renderings and what to show how different each one could […]


Creative Photography Page 3: Multiple Exposure Monet

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Claude Monet had a way of expressing his subjects with a subtleness of brush stoke that still captivates me. Maybe that is why I have fallen in love with this photographic technique that allows me to capture a feeling of time or place with a subtleness of a Monet painting.. This is actually using the […]


Creative Photography Page 2: Multiple Exposure

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My first installment talked about drive by shootings, slower shutter speed images taken out of a moving car ( like texting, this is not something you should do while driving). We will be exploring the various methods of using multiple exposure over the next several installments. Today we will begin with a simple 2 exposure […]


Nikon 80-400 Update

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  Image above from trip to Ireland. So I have been using my Nikon VRII f4.5-5.6 80-400 quite a bit since it arrived (70-200 is crying from neglect on my shelf while I explore my new lens). It has travelled around the Southern Appalachians, the Cumberland Plateau, Death Valley and Ireland. I love having the […]


Ireland: my car experience

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  We just returned from a nice long visit to Ireland. This was not part of a tour or group. We went to visit family and explore the country for ourselves with no preconceived ideas except that family lived in Donegal town and we wanted to spend most of our time on the western side […]


Creative Photography Page 1

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We all would like to be as creative as possible when taking images. Sometimes you just don’t feel the creative juices flowing and it seems that your images are bland. Any time I travel to a new place, it talks a day or 2 or 3 before the novelty of newness wears off and I […]


New clamp for Outdoors

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I have always had some type of clamp or support device with me when shooting outdoors. Sometimes it is as simple as my hands (or, when I’m fortunate to have Rebecca along and she isn’t absorbed in her own photography, her hands) to sticks and branches to twist ties to string to tie things back […]


Photography or Art

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Photographers have fought the notion from other art forms that photography is not art. Maybe that is because those artists can’t create art with a camera the same way they can create art with something else. Art is an expression of emotion using a tool. Whether you layer color and form and composition with a […]


Smokies Hidden Gem

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White Oak Sinks About 20 years ago a friend of mine told me about White Oak Sinks in the Smoky Mountians. He even drew a map for me ( see below). It wasn’t until last year that I finally took the trip down the trail to see for myself. Now if you go look for […]


Not Nature but lots of fun: Old Car City

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For all of you car buffs and macro buffs and HDR buffs, have I got a place for you. I’ve been there several times and will be planning a workshop there in November (if I’m not in Antarctica). Located 60 miles north of Atlanta, on US Highway 411 in White GA is a well kept […]


HDR: It is all about your mood!

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HDR (High Dynamic Range) combines the best exposure areas from numerous photos to create one image. Since our eye can see about 20 stops of light from dark to light and the camera can see 5-7 stops of light from dark to light, there is usually a difference between what we see and what the […]


Work a great location from multiple vantage spots!

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Today I wandered into the Smokies to see what was happening with Spring. Rebecca and I were at the Cherohala over the weekend and spring seems pretty far behind with flowers just starting to come out and trees just barely thinking about budding out.. I decided to head into Tremont area as this is usually […]


NANPA Summit 2013 Jacksonville

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  NANPA Summit 2013 Jacksonville, FL It has been 2 years since we last all convened together for sharing. It was like a family reunion with everyone catching up with each other on what they were doing, where they were going, how life was treating them. Even with the advent of social media and keeping […]


Photographers’ Holiday Wish List 2012: Just in time for the Sales!

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  This is for all photographers. You can print this out, leave it in conspicuous place and circle the items you want. Do we really NEED any of this stuff? No, we NEED world peace and love and harmony, but it looks like the world is running a bit low on those things. Some of […]


Smokies Fall Color Report October 18, 2012

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Yesterday I was out early and shooting along the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains NP. The color along the Parkway is gorgeous. The maples and hickories and gums and some oaks are really changing color. And the color doesn’t appear to be dull or washed out. I went as far as south of […]


Orionid Meteor Shower this weekend October 2012

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Arizona Night Sky  Meteor Showers can be spectacular or a bust. I remember my first encounter with meteor showers was in college backpacking in Colorado in the Maroon Bells. It was in August, so it was the Perseid Meteor shower. Up at 12,000 feet, the view was spectacular. It was like God was setting off […]


Fall Color Peaking on Cumberland Plateau along Obed WSR – October 15, 2012

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Chasing fall color is a fun task. Go out and see what has changed since the last time you were there. Well, since Rebecca and I were up and Lilly Bluff 9 days ago, the color has come alive. I started out at the Nemo Bridge area where the color is coming along but not […]


Fall Color scouting: Foothills Parkway (GSMNP) and Cherohala Skyway 10/13/2012

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This is from Cherohala Skyway.. Compare to previous image in Scouting Yesterday was a big loop of scouting. I started out on the Foothills Parkway around 6am, planning to shoot star trails to sunrise. But being completely enveloped in fog put an end to that thought. I waited out the fog and then started about […]


Great Smoky Mountains – Fall Color Report 10/11/2012

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Oconaluftee Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains NP With the low for the TN Valley predicted to be around 40° F, I decided to head up toward Clingman’s Dome again. When I got to Newfound Gap, the temperature was still about 37°F, so I decided to keep going to the Oconaluftee Overlook. Got there sooner than all […]


Scouting Fall Color: Great Smoky Mountains NP

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Clingman’s Dome Sunrise this morning Today started out at sunrise at Clingman’s Dome parking lot. Driving up through the fog, I was hoping that it would be clear at the top. Around 5200 feet elevation, I broke through the fog and saw blue sky. I arrived at the parking lot just before the sun peeked […]


Fall Scouting Report: Obed WSR on Cumberland Plateau

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On the opposite side of the Tennessee Valley from the southern Appalachian Mountains lies the Cumberland Plateau. (Shameless plug, if you want to see more of the Plateau, go to my Cumberland Odyssey book, special Holiday price now). This area is thought to have a greater biodiversity than the Great Smoky Mountains NP, which has […]


Photography and Wilderness Medicine: Flu shots

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Some of you know that the other hat I wear is in Wilderness Medicine. With 20+ years of ER experience and even longer experience traipsing around in the wilderness, this seems very natural. So how does Wilderness Medicine go along with photography? Well, Wilderness Medicine providers (physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists) have […]


Scouting Cherohala Skyway for fall color October 3

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Since we have had strange weather this year, I decided I would go out and start scouting a little early for fall color in the souther Appalachians and on the Cumberland Plateau. Today I started at the Cherohala Skyway since the elevation gets up to above 5400 feet. We started out with dry weather in […]


HDR. Is it a special effect?

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I have many friends who poo poo the idea of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography? “It’s not real.” “It doesn’t look real.” So, what is real? We all process information differently, even colors mean something different to each one of use when viewed with our eyes (and brain). Our eyes alone don’t process color, it […]