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

 

 

 

 

Same scene, different interpretation – Garner State Park, TX.

I recently traveled to the beautiful Garner State Park, Texas to photograph night shots which were to include light-painting.

 

This blog contains two images; though they were the exact same composition, and both taken after twilight, these are two very different images.

The first image is your “standard” light-painting and was taken after humanly visible light had vanished:

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Garner State Park 2AM-115918
A single capture with light-painting.
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 40 seconds at ISO 1600.
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The second image also includes light-painting, and the process of capturing this image was started about 10 minutes after the photo above.  However, this second image is a “stacked” image – I took 61 photographs, the first of which was the light-painting on the trees and “Old Baldy” then a further 60 images were taken without any light-painting (the last image is a “blank” which helps reduce the digital noise). Total exposure time equates to a little over 40 minutes. Each image had the exact settings of the first photo posted (above) and I compiled them using software that is dedicated to stacking images.

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Garner-State-Park-2AM-115920-115980_stackedImage2
61 image stack for a total exposure time of ~40 minutes.
Each frame/picture had the following settings:
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f5.6 for 40 seconds at ISO 1600.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

I could have (and should have) taken a single, 40 minute long-exposure image as this would also have a slightly different interpretation of the scene. That longer exposure would have had more digital noise but smoother star-trails.

 

So from the same scene and the same composition we can get multiple interpretations/photographs by using different photographic techniques.

Hope you enjoyed these images 🙂

 

I have previously posted blogs showing this location (Garner State Park, Texas) in Fall color:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/a-wet-and-colorful-weekend-near-utopia-tx/

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/fall-rotation-thanksgiving-2011-garner-state-park-tx/

 

 

A very brief trip to the Texas panhandle – Palo Duro Canyon, Cadillac Ranch, and Wind Turbines.

The Texas panhandle is a fascinating region and I spend too little time there unfortunately. Recently I fit in a very quick trip to recharge. Here are a few images from that trip.

Prints of my images are available  if you click on the Licensing/Purchasing images tab on this blog or click this link: https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/licensingpurchasing-images/

All images Copyright Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography.

 

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Wind Turbine 2AM-114791
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 1/5 second at ISO 1600.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

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Cadillac Ranch 2AM-114850
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f22 for 1/2 second at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

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Hoodoo at Capital Peak – Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114814
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/800 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

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Capital Peak – Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114896
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

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Capital Peak – Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114897
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2AM-30656_30D_blog

Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2AM-30656
Canon 30D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens and Tamron 1.4x teleconverter. f5.6 for 1/320 second at ISO 1000.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

White-winged Dove 2AM-30604_30D_blog

White-winged Dove 2AM-30604
Canon 30D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens and Tamron 1.4x teleconverter. f5.6 for 1/160 second at ISO 1000.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The Lighthouse - Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114886_7D_blog

The Lighthouse – Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114886
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f22 for 1/250 second at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Hoodoo at Capital Peak - Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114844_7D_blog

Hoodoo at Capital Peak – Palo Duro Canyon 2AM-114844
A light-painting.
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 30 seconds at ISO 1600.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

That is the end of this little adventure. Thanks for visiting!

 

 

 

A little bit of Grand ‘ole Texas – a photo-tour.

Recently we had two friends from overseas visit with us at our home in Texas. Unfortunately their time in this great state was very limited  so we were unable to show them much of Texas. To compensate, we instead created a ‘photo-journey’ through some of the diversity and grandeur contained within this state.

From the Gulf of Mexico and coastal marshes,  to the Hill Country and on through to the mountains of West Texas…

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Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
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Dawn Fishing.
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Trawler.
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Green Heron.
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Great Egret family.
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Bald Cypress – a light-painting.
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Pied-billed Grebe.
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Bluebonnet highway.
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Claret-cup cactus.
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Sabinal River dusk.
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Poppies and fence.
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Wildflowers.
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Sunflower and Ladybird Beetle.
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Locust and thistle.
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Fall and the Frio River.
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Stockyards – a light-painting.
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Wild oats at dawn.
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Coyote.
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Independence Creek – an oasis in the desert.
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Salt flat – Permian Basin.
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Davis Mountains – a light-painting.
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I hope you enjoyed this partial look at wondrous Texas. So much to experience, too little time.

“Creative Context” images.

This post contains the 27 Creative Context images we have created. Creative Context images are a form of photographic expression that combines nature photography and artistic renderings of background objects to provide creative context. These unique prints are a combination of the photographic works of Andrew McInnes, and the creative drawings of Ken Skinner.

All images Copyright Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography.

Please visit the following website if you wish to purchase prints:
http://andrew-mcinnes.artistwebsites.com/art/all/mixed+mediums+-+pencil+sketch+and+photo/all

We hope you see the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us in this new form of photographic and artistic expression.

 

Rainbow Lorikeet 2AM-18278

 

Great Egret 2AM-6394

 

Northern Jacana 2AM-9481

 

Carolina Chickadee 2AM-7966

 

White Ibis 2AM-5771

 

Australian King Parrot 2AM-18978

 

Mourning Dove 2AM-7053

 

Keel-billed Toucan 2AM-9787

 

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2AM-7821

 

Great Egret 2AM-6751

 

Eastern Spinebill 2AM-19024

 

Scarlet Tanager 2AM-6930

 

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2AM-104192

 

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Tricolored Heron 2AM-6839

 

White-bellied-Emerald-2AM-9400_FINAL

White-bellied Emerald 2AM-9400

 

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-7818

 

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Black-crowned Night-Heron 2AM-3870

 

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Bridled Honeyeater 2AM-19465

 

Brown-Pelican-2AM-6821_FINAL

Brown Pelican 2AM-6821

 

Common-Moorhen-2AM-4234_FINAL

Common Moorhen 2AM-4234

 

Crested-Caracara-2AM-7115_FINAL

Crested Caracara 2AM-7115

 

Eastern-Rosella-2AM-9396_FINAL

Eastern Rosella 2AM-9396

 

Green-Heron-2AM-7848_FINAL

Green Heron 2AM-7848

 

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Northern Cardinal 2AM-10073

 

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Northern Mockingbird 2AM-5645

 

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Pied-billed Grebe 2AM-13179

 

Red-tailed-Hawk-2AM-7746_FINAL

Red-tailed Hawk 2AM-7746

 

 

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A bloody cold shoot in the mountains!

It having snowed the evening beforehand, I travelled into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, for my first shoot of the new year, and my first ever snow-shoot. The thermometer read 18 F (-7.8 C); relative temperature (or “feels like”) was 6 F (-14 C). It definitely was brisk but a good learning experience shooting snow.

"Three shapes of water." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f8 for 1/13 second at ISO 100.

 

"Shape morphing." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f32 for 1.3 second at ISO 100.

 

"Ice balls and tites." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f8 for 1/30 second at ISO 100.

 

"Balls of Moss." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f20 for 1/3 second at ISO 100.

 

"Roaring Fork bridge." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f13 for 1/6 second at ISO 100.

 

"Feel it." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f22 for 1/2 second at ISO 100.

 

"Resilience." Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f22 for 0.8 second at ISO 100.

 

"Globular." Canon 30D with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f18 for 1/4 second at ISO 100.

 

"Slick bridge." Canon 7D with Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f11 for 1/80 second at ISO 640 (handheld).

 

 

A smattering of scenics (and other “pretty” things).

Here are just a few images, primarily scenic, but also some other “pretty things”, from Australia, Belize, Kazakhstan, and the USA.

A few from Australia to start with.

Atherton Tablelands, QLD.

 

Melaleuca trees, QLD.

 

Atherton Tablelands, QLD.

 

Iluka, NSW.

 

Iluka, NSW.

 

The view from our hut (10.5′ x 10.5′) when we lived on an atoll, 30 miles offshore Belize.

Little Calabash Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize.

 

The color in this image on the Caspian Sea (Kazakhstan) is due to light interacting with dust particles blown off the surrounding desert – lots of nutrients for primary production in this sea.

Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan.

 

The remaining images are from the USA. This is a Gulf of Mexico sunset.

Florida, USA

 

Fall color in Tennessee.

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

 

A dahlia in our garden (Texas).

Near Galveston, Texas, USA.

 

I like to garden.

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

 

The following three images are in Knox County, Texas.

Texas, USA.

 

Texas, USA.

 

Texas, USA.

 

Wildflowers in the Texas hill country.

Texas, USA.

 

Salt flat in west Texas.

Texas, USA.

 

Another in Texas.

Texas, USA.

 

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee (times two).

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA.

 

Two sunsets on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, approximately 18 months after Hurricane Ike swept through.

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, USA.

 

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, USA.

 

Sunset over the refineries of Texas City. Shot from the east end of Galveston Island.

Texas City, Texas, USA.

 

Brazos Bend State Park, Texas.

Brazos Bend State Park, Texas, USA.

 

 

 

An avian assortment.

Ah, a little free time for me having just completed the draft of my Master of Marine Resources Management Thesis! Typically I like to spend my “discretionary” time outside, often as a birdwatcher; however, it is mid-summer and we are deep in drought so not a lot going on other than “resident” species. Therefore, I have selected an assortment of the bird species I have photographed to share with you. The images were shot either in Australia, Belize, or the USA.

Enjoy!

American White Pelican, USA.

 

American White Pelican, USA.

 

Australian Pelican, Australia.

 

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, USA.

 

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, USA.

 

Black-necked Stilt, USA.

 

Black-necked Stilt, USA.

 

Brown Pelican, USA.

 

Brown Pelican, USA.

 

Brown Pelican, USA.

 

Brown Pelican, USA.

 

Cedar Waxwing, USA.

 

Crested Caracara, USA.

 

Eared Grebe, USA.

 

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, USA.

 

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, USA.

 

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, USA.

 

Graceful Honeyeater, Australia.

 

Greater Yellowlegs, USA.

 

Green Heron, USA.

 

Keel-billed Toucan, Belize.

 

Laughing Gull, USA.

 

Laughing Gull, USA.

 

Long-billed Curlew, USA.

 

Marbled Godwit, USA.

 

Merlin, USA.

 

Northern Jacana, Belize.

 

Northern Jacana, Belize.

 

Osprey, USA.

 

Pied-billed Grebe, USA.

 

Pied-billed Grebe, USA.

 

Purple Gallinule, USA.

 

Rainbow Lorikeet, Australia.

 

Rainbow Lorikeet, Australia.

 

Redhead, USA.

 

Red-winged Blackbird, USA.

 

Ring-necked Duck, USA.

 

Ring-necked Duck, USA.

 

Roseate Spoonbill, USA.

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, USA.

 

Royal Tern, USA.

 

Sanderling, USA.

 

Sarus Crane, Australia.

 

Sarus Crane, Australia.

 

Scarlet Tanager, USA.

 

Silver Gull, Australia.

 

Silver Gull, Australia.

 

Silvereye, Australia.

 

Snail Kite, Belize.

 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australia.

 

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australia.

 

Tricolored Heron, USA.

 

Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia.

 

Willet, USA.

 

Wood Duck, USA.

 

Wood Duck, USA.

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, USA.