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The Vickery Creek covered bridge is located in Old Mill Park in Roswell Ga. It is a foot bridge that spans 161 feet as it crosses Vickery Creek and connects the Vickery Creek Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to Roswell Mill. It is the newest covered bridge in Georgia built in 2005. It is a beautiful structure built from Douglas Fir with interesting textures and lines. The old Roswell Mill that was destroyed by General Sherman during the Atlanta Campaign is a short walk from the bridge. The mill was rebuilt and operated until 1971, when it was abandoned. The dam built to provide water power for the mill still spans Vickery creek.
Shot with the Fuji X100, processed in Aperture, Nik HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro 4 before being converted to black & white in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Parking is available in the Old Mill lot at the end of Mill Street in Roswell. Additional information is available here.
I like the history that can be found when wandering the Old Town area of Suwanee, Georgia. These tracks run through the area known as Pierce’s Corner. I had the Fuji X100 with me and the potential of shooting the tracks and having a final image in Black & White appealed to me.
I shot the tracks horizontally with the intention of having the rails leading my eye right out of the frame. The image was processed in Aperture and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a field trip hosted by the Roswell (GA) Photographic Society (RPS). We visited Bulloch Hall, one of the historic locations in downtown Roswell. Bulloch Hall is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture and was the childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Mittie Bulloch. This house is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit bullochhall.org
There was quite a bit to see at Bulloch Hall. Because there were a number of members of RPS attending this field trip, I elected to focus on photographing smaller elements of the interior. There was a great deal of period oriented items that were challenging to photograph, especially with most of the lighting coming in from the windows. Some rooms were darker than others due to the sun’s direction at that given time. It was typical of older homes of that time period to rely heavily on natural light. A tripod was used for virtually all photos taken in the home. All photos were shot in RAW.
This was a beautiful tea serving set found in the main parlor of the house. I adjusted the white balance in Aperture and increased the contrast in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to give this piece some pop and to compensate for the strong light from the windows.
This writing desk was beautiful. Lighting here was more even across the entire room. I wanted to make sure that I captured the grain of the wood in the photo. Again I adjusted for contrast and used the Detail Extractor setting in Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
In the same room as the writing desk pictured above were these two pitchers positioned on a dresser near a window. I adjusted white balance and contrast.
The house had a sewing room for making clothing that would make any seamstress happy. The above photo was an example of some of the types of clothing made in that day. I made minor white balance adjustments and a slight crop before adjusting contrast.
This is one of the few hand held shots I took that day. This was an old piano in the main parlor of the house. I used my ultra wide angle lens at f/2.8 to get the perspective that I envisioned. Post processing included adjusting contrast and cropping.
Bulloch Hall was a fantastic place to visit. It is part of the park system of Roswell, GA so you are free to wander the grounds and photograph anything outside. There is a fee to enter the house and no indoor photography is allowed.
This was taken from atop Clingman’s Dome, which is the highest point in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park at 6643 feet. We had just arrived as a thunderstorm was approaching. We had about 10 minutes to shoot before the wind and the rain picked up. The temperature also dropped about 20 degrees in that time as well. It got chilly fast!
The next morning, as we attempted to make our way back to Clingman’s from Townsend, TN, we found that the temperature had dropped enough during the night to cause significant ice on the roads to Clingman’s. More photos would have to wait for another trip to the Smokeys.
Shot with a Canon 7D and 24-105mm lens. Processed in Aperture and Silver Efex Pro 2.