I am just back from a Jennifer King photography workshop in the Smoky Mountains. The weather was cold the first morning up in the mountains and the wind was blowing hard as the fog descended the mountain. The temperature was in the 40’s so a bit brisk for the first morning. I am working with the Fuji XT1 and try to get the feel of the settings. The wind blows hard and the light slowly comes up as the morning fills with light. I did get some shots that will be best for black and white which is what we were after from that location. We come down the mountain to take some pictures of the waterfalls and drive through the trees and curve along the roads. Next, we head out to take some pictures of cabins and later head back up the mountain to take photos of the fog as it rolls over the hills.
The Fuji all and all performed well with the manual setting on top of the camera. The Fuji 10-24 mm lens did well as a wide angle but the Fuji 18-135 mm would get soft toward the limits of 135 mm. I think I would like to add a longer zoom but I would want it to work better in low light. Before the light gets to low the zoom did pick up some nice contrast across the mountains. I was having to under expose to get the contrast and bring out the color in the sky. I do find it hard to feel like I have a clear focus with the view finder and it might be just my eyes. When looking at the pictures in Lightroom they did turn out better than expected.
The scenic beauty of the mountains and the lowlands remind you of how nature refreshes the soul. The test is to capture the beauty and relay the feeling of peace. Whether it is water rolling over the rocks or the fog blowing over the mountains a moment in time can only be recorded. The dawn and dusk hours start and finish the day the golden hours of light.
I will post some pictures on my website but I always like to let my pictures sit a while before processing. However, after taking a peak I have found quite a few I like. I would recommend Jennifer King for a workshop any time. Her own photos show how good she is as what she does and Mike and Randy, her assistants, are such a great help. They know the spots to get the good shots and sometimes you only have a certain amount of time at a location.
So the future looks bright for travel and photography. The exploration of the world and its beautiful places make me simply happy.