A few hours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

On the first day that the National Parks were reopened to the citizens who own them, I drove to the Smoky Mountains to have a few hours in Cades Cove – a truly remarkable location, and a visit I highly recommend.

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I feel so very fortunate to see a family of American Black Bears up close and personal – sort of.

Peek-a-boo 🙂

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American Black Bear_2AM-000210
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
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Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000214
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
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Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000371
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/125 second at ISO 1000 (handheld).
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The fog was very thick when I first arrived. This scene/habitat is very similar to that where I observed the bears.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000546
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/5 second at ISO 200.
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Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000553
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/8 second at ISO 200.
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This is not a monochrome/black-and-white treatment. Rather, the fog and rain and mist altered the light to what you see here.

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000528
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 500.
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The lovely winding road that leads to Cades Cove follows a stream for a good portion, and this lone tunnel is always intriguing to me. I stopped to take this image on my way out – the fall leaves are beginning to turn on  a show right now!

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000079
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 6 seconds at ISO 800.
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These images are a mere sampling of the wondrous place that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more of my images of the park, swing over to some of my earlier/archived posts:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/a-bloody-cold-shoot-in-the-mountains/
https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/serenity-in-the-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/

 

Cheers,

Andrew

 

 

 

 

Fremantle, Western Australia – an assortment.

Ah Fremantle, what a place you are! The following images are an eclectic assortment including fireworks, beach, doorways, plants, a square-rigged ship, an abandoned power-generation station, and graffiti.

Hope you enjoy a non-encompassing glimpse of “Freo.”

 

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour – the fishing boat fleet are out of frame to the left.

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Blessing of the Fleet – Fremantle 2AM-112459
Canon 7D Canon with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 8 seconds at ISO 3200.
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The ferris wheel in Fremantle’s Esplanade Park (also in the photo above).

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Fremantle Ferris Wheel 2AM-111913
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5 for 2.5 seconds at ISO 100.
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Bathers Beach, proximal to Esplanade Park and the  Fishing Boat Harbour.

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Bathers Beach 2AM-111888
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f11 for 1/20 second at ISO 250.
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A beach immediately south of Fremantle – the Indian Ocean was very tranquil that day.

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Cockburn Beach Dunes 2AM-112161
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f11 for 1/160 second at ISO 250.
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This fine ship is the STS Leeuwin II (sail training ship) whose home-berth is Fremantle.

I had the great privilege and pleasure to sail onboard her as an officer in my early 20’s – I was thrilled she was at dock for a portion of my recent visit to Freo. She is a a three-masted barquentine of 55 meters (~ 180 feet) displacing 344 tonnes with a mast height of 33 meters (~ 108 feet). Having been atop the mast underway I can assure you it is quite spectacular and ‘whippy’ up there!

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STS Leeuwin II 2AM-112486
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f11 for 1/60 second at ISO 200.
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Transportation of a different variety – a Morris Minor as I recall – which is not indicative of the majority of automobiles in the area 😉
We call this one “Not CUBA” because that is precisely how it “felt” when we saw this scene.

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Not CUBA 2AM-112488
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f5.6 for 1/6 second at ISO 400.
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Whilst wandering around the amazing residential side-streets I came upon this doorway which had a particularly Indian (sub-continent) look to it – or at least that is how it struck me. I think this might well be my next book-mark for my paper books.

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Door and Arch 2AM-112346
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f11 for 3/10 second at ISO 200.
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More doorways…

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Blue Door 2AM-112079
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f20 for 1/4 second at ISO 200.
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Blue Door and Lattice 2AM-112348
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f11 for 1/20 second at ISO 200.
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Still on the side-streets…

For this image I wanted to convey a soft and ethereal feel using the asparagus fern so I chose a wide-open aperture, elevated the camera and shot downwards so that only the top (nearest) frond would be in focus – I think it worked, but do you too?

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Asparagus Fern 2AM-112103
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f4.5 for 1/5 second at ISO 400.
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These next four images, three of which are plant-centric, were captured as part of a self-assignment to capture patterns and texture.

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Vine on Tree Trunk 2AM-112108
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f5 for 1/20 second at ISO 400.
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I chose a large aperture (small opening) to ensure maximum depth-of-field as I needed the three-dimensional aspect to really capture what I saw. This image suggests Asia for me (the terraced gardens). How about you?

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Ferns Vines and Lines 2AM-112099
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f22 for 2 seconds at ISO 100.
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Morning light caresses a succulent from the garden of the home we were staying in.

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Succulent 2AM-112354
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f11 for 1/40 second at ISO 320.
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A driveway gate post.

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Rust and Wood 2AM-112116
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f20 for 3/10 second at ISO 400. I also added a little light with a flashlight from the right hand side to add depth to the image.
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Street Kiss # 1

This street art/graffiti is by “REBOOT” – think about it…

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Street Kiss #1 2AM-112158
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/320 second at ISO 250.
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Street Kiss # 2

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Street Kiss #2 2AM-112366
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. f8 for 1/320 second at ISO 400.
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A mate of mine, Paul Waite (http://www.paulwaitephotography.com/#) – a phenomenal photographer based in Fremantle – took me to the abandoned (and VERY eerie) Fremantle Power Station for a light-painting shoot. Unfortunately access is prohibited so we couldn’t get inside and shoot the amazing ruined interior and all its rust, glass, and graffiti. However, it became an exercise in capturing the forbidden access to this huge old building and surrounds.

For this light-painting the building was already illuminated by some street lights over a rise to the right of frame, hence the two-toned building (I thought it was not only fortuitous how it matched the building’s horizontal lines, but also added an extra dimension to the “wierdness” that eminated from this place). I used a LED light to bring attention to the fence (the blue or ‘cool temperature’ of the LED lights adds to the cold metallic physical structure of the fence and razor-wire and the mental picture of its purpose)!

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South Fremantle Power Station 2AM-113429
Canon 7D Canon with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 30 seconds at ISO 100. Light-painting by Andrew McInnes.
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To close this particular photo-blog I have included three fireworks images from the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony conducted in The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Two of these images are 1 second exposures, the other is a 4 second exposure – based on effect I was seeking plus the bahavior/pattern of each particular firework.

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Blessing of the Fleet – Fremantle 2AM-112469
Canon 7D Canon with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1 second at ISO 400.
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Blessing of the Fleet – Fremantle 2AM-112477
Canon 7D Canon with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1 second at ISO 400.
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Blessing of the Fleet – Fremantle 2AM-112472
Canon 7D Canon with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 4 seconds at ISO 400.
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Bye for now.